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Patrick
dir. Richard Franklin / Australia 1978 / 108’
subtitles: Polish and English
Midnight Madness: ozploitation

Cast

Robert Thompson, Susan Penhaligon, Robert Hellmann, Rod Mullinar, Walter Pym

Film description

An amazing para-psychological thriller, probably the greatest directing achievement in Franklin's career. The great international success of the ozploitation cinema, prototype of many other para-psychological thrillers, including The Medusa Touch by Jack Gold and The Fury by Brian de Palma.

The film begins with a brutal murder committed by a young, mentally unstable man of his mother and her lover. The shock caused by this murder renders the boy catatonic. Wired to life support devices, he vegetates as a guinea pig used by physicians who look after him. A new nurse in the hospital discovers that Patrick, although entirely immobilised, can affect his surrounding through a telekinetic force. When the bedridden murderer develops a feeling for his guardian, people around her will be in deadly danger.

The film starts like the best thrillers by Hitchcock, but then it drifts into the style of Dario Argento. But - in contrary to the terrifying films by Argento, where logic receded, replaced by bloody aesthetical spontaneity - Franklin keeps the plot very consistent and in the finale he transforms his film into a sort of a transgressive melodrama.

Piotr Kletowski

 

Courtesy of Antony I. Ginnane. ©1978 Australian International Film Corporation Pty. Ltd.

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