Patrick (Blu-ray + DVD Combo)
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An enigmatic young man kills his mother, and winds up in a coma in a private hospital. Enter the pretty nurse who discovers Patrick has capabilities no one seems to know (or admit) about.
For those that are thrill seekers, this film is not a fast-paced action-packed story. BUT, for those of us that appreciate characters over wild thrills, and enjoy careful buildups to a final reveal, this one is nicely done. There IS a reason it was an initial success and has gained a big cult following, people understood Franklin's intentions.
Sure, Patrick is not Citizen Kane, but it is a nice mystery with great performances, a keen sense of humour ("self-referential humour" as it has been described), and some rather strong adult content for what was supposed to be a PG-rated film, even back in 1978. I first saw it theatrically and was surprised by its content, but appreciated the homages to Hitchcock (which Franklin carefully points out in many scenes on the DVD's commentary), and Brian May's score has a nice Herrmann-esque feel. I was only disappointed that it was dubbed with American actors. Finally seeing this film in the original Australian language version on DVD made me like this film a lot more 25 years later.
Synapse's 2009 edition is anamorphic widescreen (Elite's out-of-print DVD is not) and has the basic extras: two theatrical trailers, a commentary by Franklin and writer Everett De Roche. There's an easy to find easter egg (on the Elite edition at least) that features cover art for different soundtrack releases as well. The filmographies are quite thorough, for fans of Australian cinema.Read more ›
Patrick was slow initially but picked up and is a descent flick about a man in a coma who uses his mind to control things. Patrick then falls for his new nurse who has a exhusband and dates a doctor. I wouldn't really call it a horror. I think it is more of a thriller.
Thirst was the second most enjoyable. The acting is rather flat at times. The movie centers around a cult who abducts a woman due to her bloodline so they can turn her into a vampire. It was an interesting idea but seemed rather awkward when the movie was explaining the milking process. The ending was satisfying and we got a giggle out of it. I enjoyed this the most out of the three in the collection.
Strange Behavior I found to be a stinker. The acting was simply horrid. Teenagers going to a clinic to take experimental drugs then running around killing. I couldn't get through it without fast forwarding it. The acting was that bad. Also, the thirteen year old girl the high school boys wanted to date looked alot oler than thirteen plus the idea of a highschool boy dating someone so much younger is somewhat ekk.
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The product has no scratch or torn marks on it and no broken edges , postcards inside the box are excellent without damage, thank you for making every customer a happy one. Read morePublished 22 months ago by andrew wang
Always wanted this movie, Patrick. Seen is when I was little with my brother and sister.Published on July 25, 2014 by Kim Landers
the movie was a blast from the past, a creepy little Friday night late late type show,
the kind of film that would capture your imagination and set it spinning on a cold... Read more
This is an old favorite of mine I remember it from the late 70's, it was'nt to gory and had a pretty good story line
I think this would be a pretty good remake. Read more
This is an awesome set at an incredible price, I had never seen any of these flicks before, and this set was not at the top of my wish list, because I had seen plenty of god awful... Read morePublished on March 31, 2011 by Cass G
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... Read morePublished on September 20, 2010 by Trevor Willsmer