Badass Digest Movie Review - Patrick


Patrick is a film dripping with cinephilia. That shouldn't be a surprise, as it comes from Mark Hartley, the director of Not Quite Hollywood, the gonzo paean to Australian exploitation films (have you seen it? See it!). Within that 2008 documentary is a salute to 1978's Patrick, a strange little psychological thriller about a comatose young man and the supernatural influence he exerts on the medical staff attending to him. The film is a staple of Aussie cinema of the 70s, is familiar to the US VHS generation, and spawned an Italian rip-off sequel (the true mark of a successful exploitation venture!).

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