PATRICK (1978)

Directed By: Richard Franklin 
Written By: Everett DeRouche 
Cinematography: Don McAlpine
Editor: Edward McQueen-Mason 

Cast: Susan Penhaligon, Robert Helpmann, Rod Mullinar, Bruce Barry, Julia Blake, Helen Hemingway, Maria Mercedes

A comatose hospital patient harasses and kills through his powers of telekinesis to claim his private nurse as his own.

This is one of those films that has been recommended over the years as a horror classic; it has even been remade once. Which I have yet to actually watch. Just as I kind of wish I never watched this movie. 

The film has a great premise and story but the follow-through is mostly dull and feels protracted. With a slow follow-through. 

It tries to have an atmosphere and come off more as a drama that’s trapped and has some horror elements. 

The film does have some chills but does little with them. You wait around for something to happen or at least become stronger. Which rarely comes and when it does it feels lame.

There is some decent jump Scares especially at the end but it never feels worth it. As the film doesn’t bother too much with the why’s.

The film feels more quaint than a horror film. As if looking for blood or violence this do not the film. It gets by with more scares and suggestions. Almost like an improv 

You will be able to predict the victims, but not necessarily the deaths. Maybe this is more if a think audience members horror film because of a keen lack of flash and excitement

GRADE: C-

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