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“Let me make it very clear to you, Mrs. Jacquard. I am boss cocky in this hospital.” Hmm. Is boss cocky an Australian thing? At any rate, join your faithful Grue Crew – Doc Rotten, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr – as they attempt to determine how the title character’s powers work in Patrick (1978).
Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 138 – Patrick (1978)
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A comatose hospital patient harasses and kills using his powers of telekinesis to claim his private nurse as his own.IMDb
- Director: Richard Franklin
- Writer: Everett De Roche (as Everett de Roche)
- Susan Penhaligon as Kathie Jacquard
- Robert Helpmann as Dr. Roget
- Rod Mullinar as Ed Jacquard
- Robert Thompson as Patrick
- Bruce Barry as Dr. Brian Wright
- Julia Blake as Matron Cassidy
- Helen Hemingway as Sister Williams
- María Mercedes as Nurse Panicale
- Walter Pym as Capt. Fraser
- Frank Wilson as Det. Sgt. Grant
Chad enjoys Patrick even though he is generally not a big fan of telekinesis movies. It got to him when the supposedly comatose Patrick finally turns his head and looks at a nurse. He is also impressed with Susan Penhaligon’s performance as Kathie Jacquard. Bill enjoyed the movie’s weird quirkiness and finds the idea of a monster that doesn’t move throughout the film to be an interesting concept. He also notes that the matron and doctor are the kind of characters you love to hate. The amount of attention given to character development impressed Jeff and he too is a fan of Susan Haligon’s performance. When Doc first saw Patrick as a teenager, he thought it was boring. This time around, however, he finds it to be a mature horror film that delves into its characters.
Patrick is one of the first Ozploitation films to achieve a wide international release and success. Your Decades of Horror 1970s Grue-Crew thinks you ought to give it a watch or a rewatch, whatever the case may be. As of this writing, Patrick is available to stream on Shudder and Amazon Prime and as physical media on a Blu-ray from Severin.
Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1970s is part of the Decades of Horror two-week rotation with The Classic Era and the 1980s. In two weeks, the next episode in their very flexible schedule will be Amando de Ossorio’s Demon Witch Child (1975), chosen by Doc. Be sure to join us for that one. It should be, shall we say, interesting.
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