Patrick
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In Australian director Richard Franklin's Patrick, the subject of psychokinesis is used, not for the creation of De Palma-like bloodbath special effects as in Carrie and The Fury, but as an expression of a deeply disturbed persona. Patrick is first seen in the intensive care section of a hospital in a state of extreme catatonia -- after murdering his mother and her lover. Dr. Roget (Robert Helpmann) is the doctor in charge of the clinic who first tends to Patrick, but when new nurse Kathy Jacquard (Susan Penhaligon) arrives, she is assigned Patrick's case. As she cares for the comatose… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Director Richard Franklin [...] eventually lets Patrick's powers go haywire, but the first half of the film combines sinister atmosphere-building with a justified faith that an immobile killer is still an ever-present threat."
‑ Scott Tobias, The Dissolve
"It is a film that resists visceral shocks, favoring the horror of its psychology. A shame, for its psychology is only slightly horrific."
‑ Rumsey Taylor, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"One of Australia's commercially successful genre films of the 70s, a supernatural thriller"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"D.o.a."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"Tepid little chiller -- like a horror version of Tommy."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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