ByDave Conley, writer at
"Smokey, this is not 'Nam. This is bowling. There are rules."
Dave Conley

Mark Hartley's Australian remake of 1978's Patrick is set to be released in theaters March 14 by Phase 4 films. Even if you don't like remakes or films about psychokinetic horror. Don't worry this is no Carrie. However if you're a fan of Gothic horror you should save the date. This film pays enough homage to Richard Franklin's original so as not to offend any of the films original fans and updates it enough to appeal to I Gen horror lovers. Both while using settings and music (score by Pino Dinaggio) to create a chillingly dark and moody horror movie that stands on it's own.

To be honest I didn't realize this was a remake until after I watched this. I enjoyed the new version so much I had to look up the original and I liked the new version much better. To start with Charles Dance (Game of Thrones) was perfectly cast as the arrogant and creepy Dr. Roget who runs a clinic for comatose patients where he performs cruel experiments on the patients that can't consent.

We learn in the beginning that the Roget clinic needs a new nurse. So in comes Nurse Kathy Jacquard (Sharni Vinson - You're Next). She's trying to end her marriage and start over so unfortunately she never asks the foreboding Matron Cassidy (Roget's Daughter) ominously played by Rachael Griffiths (Six Feet Under) what happened to the last nurse. From there we are introduced to the rest of this strange cast of characters most of whom are in comas kept alive by machines. Then of course there's PATRICK.

Patrick is kept alive in room 15. He happens to be Dr. Roget's favorite guinea pig and soon Nurse Jaquard realizes that even though comatose he is aware of her. As her fascination with him grows So does her revulsion at Dr. Roget's cruel experiments. Unfortunately so do Patricks powers and his obsessive love for her which of course leads to some mysterious mayhem and chaos.

I felt this movie had just the right amounts of suspense, gore, humor, dark, moody atmosphere and mystery to make it well worth the price of admission. 4 and 1/2 out of 5 big electro shocks!


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