Directed by Mark Hartley
*Remake of the 1978 film
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Just a brief synopsis here so you have some idea what this lovely little indie is all about. Patrick (which I just realized is a remake of the '78 film of the same name) begins with Nurse Kathy (Sharni Vinson) starting work at a hospital ward of comatose patients. Patrick, of course, is one of those patients. Patrick as it turns out is not just some coma patient or hey, not much of a story to tell. No, Patrick ended up comatose (or is he?...) after an accident that occurred after he killed his mother and her gentleman “friend”. Turns out Patrick is one giant freaky SOB and due to the “good” doctor of the story, played by the always wicked Charles Dance, has developed a few extrasensory abilities.
Patrick is more psychological thriller than “true” horror but as I said it kept making me think of those first two Omen films the whole way through and that’s a compliment in all honesty. If you’re a gorehound you might want to give this one a pass but this scribbler likes this sort of thing as long as it’s done well and this little flick from Down Under is definitely done pretty well. But if you’re in search of a little gore you get a little in the final 15-20 minutes so perhaps you won’t totally hate it either.