Kathy (Susan Penhaligon) moves into a new home while going through a trial separation from her husband. She goes for a job interview at a nearby medical facility, and while her experience with patients is nothing recent, she still gets the job and begins work on the same day. The role has Kathy working as a key nurse looking over comatose patients. While Kathy is getting the general tour and being introduced to her patients, she is introduced to coma patient Patrick. Patrick is quite different to all the other patients; he’s been in a coma for three years and has a tragic past.
Rostered on to look after Patrick every shift, Kathy quickly gets quite curious about his past. She even questions his current condition and capabilities. Kathy begins to ask questions around the hospital and even attempts to have discussions with Patrick himself. When several bizarre and odd things occur that can’t be explained, Kathy begins to suspect that perhaps Patrick has something to do it even though it is medically impossible. We soon discover that Patrick has an unusual telekinesis power that allows him to control objects and even murder people whilst in a coma.
Patrick is a fun horror movie containing a good amount of suspense and mystery to keep the viewers hooked and highly entertained. When several odd things occurred, I was quite curious to know the cause of it. After all, could a man in a coma really be responsible for it? And if so, how would one stop the chaos from occurring in order to prevent others from getting hurt?
Visually, this film gets several elements right to make it a pleasing horror. There are moments full of tension and unsettling suspense, especially when it comes to Kathy attempting to have a conversation with Patrick. Patrick’s staring at nothing and little communication adds to the tension. The pacing is great, moving at a solid pace and building to a fun and unexpected finale.
Overall, this is a highly pleasing horror film, and it’s quite different from anything I’ve ever seen. It’s a fun horror film that has plenty of suspenseful and mysterious moments. Visually, this film is creative, and the pacing builds to a wonderful and unexpected finale, which I enjoyed greatly. Patrick (1978) is Now Available on Blu-ray & DVD!