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Patrick [VHS]

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  • Actors: Susan Penhaligon, Robert Helpmann, Rod Mullinar, Bruce Barry, Julia Blake
  • Directors: Richard Franklin
  • Writers: Everett De Roche
  • Producers: Richard Franklin, Antony I. Ginnane, William Fayman
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Vipco
  • VHS Release Date: 26 April 1993
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CN6F
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 341,894 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

Strange incidents occur in a hospital where a killer with psychic powers lies in a coma after killing his mother.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 20 Sept. 2010
Format: DVD
Richard Franklin's Patrick is a horror movie that doesn't horrify and, seen more than three decades on, doesn't offer any surprises, but which still works as a decent supernatural thriller. Susan Penhaligon is the newly separated nurse who takes a job at a private mental clinic that only seems to have two patients (well, it is a low budget film), looking after the braindead Patrick whose been reduced vegetative state since killing his mother and her lover years earlier. Only Patrick's brain isn't quite as dead as everyone thinks, and when he develops a crush on his new nurse and gets jealous when her husband and another doctor make moves on her, things start to get a bit nasty...

Robert Thompson makes for a striking Patrick, his bug-eyed dead stare memorably imposing, but it's Robert Helpman's doctor who all but steals the show: looking like Klaus Kinski's dad after a night on the tiles, not so much a mad scientist as an acerbically p---ed off one, he's gifted with the film's best dialogue and doesn't feel the need to overplay it. The film itself is not as good as his later Road Games, but it's still easy to see why it got Franklin the job of directing the much better Psycho II: it's an exploitation film that doesn't feel the need to go over the top and is directed with some style despite the obvious budget limitations. It's not a good enough film that the planned remake by Not Quite Hollywood's Mark Hartley can't improve on it, but in its original Australian version at least (the US version was heavily cut and redubbed into American while the re-edited Italian version added a Goblin score) it's a pretty decent little movie.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Pandatrousers on 30 Oct. 2007
Format: DVD
This used to be shown quite a lot on British TV, although I suspect the 70s clothes make it a challenge for schedulers nowadays. The film is really scary in a creepy rather than blatant or particularly graphic way. It's also way ahead of much of the current crop of 'horror', in that it uses atmosphere and subtle effects. Well worth checking out, and Susan Penhaligon is as excellent as ever!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pickwickian on 11 Jan. 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I watched this in my mid teens and loved it. Some class it as a horror but it is more of a good old-fashioned chiller.
Might seem a bit dated but it is well worth a watch. A great cast and ingenious story.
A word of warning, it will make you jump, especially the frog!!!
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By Bogart on 22 Jun. 2013
Format: DVD
I don't usually give films five stars but this one deserves it, as i've watched plenty of films given 5 stars on Amazon and been often underwhelmed. This one really delivered, and is much more slick than you would expect coming to an "Ozploitation" film. Good acting, well shot, good story and overall very entertaining. I watched the Australian R4 release so cant comment on the UK versions quality but the Aussie version had great picture quality and lots of extras, so id recommend that if you can find it.
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Brings back hazy memories of seeing this at some point in my youth. The storyline is reminiscent of Richard Burton in "The Medusa Touch" [get it soon - he's at his best]. The only thing that was a little disappointing is the print quality, which was inconsistent. If you look beyond this, for the money, this film is a steal.
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By Rob Roy on 13 Feb. 2013
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This is a bit of an unnerving experience. How can someone who is lying in a coma pose any kind of a threat? How can the director keep your attention and sustain the intrigue, suspense and sense of uneasiness throughout?

Take a look!
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again i had seen this one in the 1970s and it is a great film with the gorgeus susan penhaligon - pitty about her "botox nightmare" in real life
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