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Patrick (Severin Blu-ray/DVD) – Your Blu-ray Player May Just Turn on By Itself

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on 07/10/2014 by Dr. Jimmy Terror

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This is the first in a series of reviews for the recent Ozploitation extravaganza put out by Severin Films. We’re talking about four features that feature the creative stylings based in the Aussie world or shot in the Aussie world or starring Aussie folks. There’s a goddamn lot of it out there, and the timing couldn’t be more perfect with fever pitch interest levels set on the filmmaking down under. Why? Maybe it’s the Ozploitation documentary Not Quite Hollywood having a profound impact on the lot of us. I can’t claim to always have enjoyed Oz films. Sure I’ve seen the subject of this first review, Patrick, before watching Not Quite Hollywood my Australian related viewing was nil. I’ve enjoyed quite a bit since then though admittedly not as much as most of you. That being said, I’d like to run a little movie by you called Patrick. This is the original picture, not the recently reviewed (and enjoyed) remake. Severin Films did a bang up job on one of the most well recognized of this particular subset of films. Let’s honor it by indulging in a little HD OZ.

Synopsis from Severin Films

The original Ozploitation classic is back like you’ve never seen it before:Robert Thompson (THIRST) stars as a comatose killer seeminglyunresponsive in a small private hospital. But when a hot new nurse (SusanPenhaligon of THE LAND THAT TIME FORGOT) begins to question his condition, Patrick will unleash a waking nightmare of psychokinetic carnage. 


Why does Patrick evoke such strong emotive responses from its viewers? There’s little action but it’s backed by an intriguing, unique story that keeps the audience curious while forcing them to make their own assumptions. If you let your mind run wild by theorizing over what you see in the first half of the film you’ll probably end up like a conspiracy theorist of horror, pondering the subtle nuisances of Patrick’s mysterious spittal. Those of you who have seen Patrick know the rub, enjoy the twist and undoubtedly come back for more despite it’s relatively slow burn. Perhaps Robert Thompson’s eyes have it. His ten mile stare into the great void is unsettling. It’d be damn near iconic if you could attach a one liner to his visage. Confession: I always look at the cover of Patrick and think Gerrit Graham. There was a time where I would have actually made claim that he was in the picture. While all performances are good, there are no truly breakout illustrations of acting. Maybe it’s the score performed by Goblin and Brian May that helped cement the reputation of this “comatose killer”.

I simply enjoy the mood of the film. There’s a bleak quality to Patrick that make it feel realistic even with the mostly fantastic surrounding each psychic occurrence or unexplained phenomena. Until the last quarter of the movie, most of this picture feels like it could very much happen with an eye on superstition and coincidence and dumb luck. Yes, there are driven doctors that strap coma patients in beds and want to experiment on them for years. I’d by that no matter what ethics code is violated. Patrick isn’t rich on violence or sex, but it does manage to create a mystery that generates a healthy dose of tension and suspense that resolves with an ending that is as sensationalistic as the opening hour felt rather normal.

The Blu-ray itself looks just great. 1080p Full HD. The extras as perfect for the Richard Franklin fan boys out there. Richard Franklin is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to the world of Ozploitation having directed Patrick, Road Games (another iconic Oz pic), Link and, this may surprise you, Psycho II to name just a few. His work is strong. He does the audio commentary for this release. You’ll also get interviews with Franklin as well as Everrett De Roche (screenwriter), Anthony I Ginnane (producer), Susan Penhaligon and Rod Mullinar (actors). The disc also includes TV spots, a theatrical trailer and a vintage TV interview with Richard Franklin. This release comes with both a Blu-ray and DVD. Oh, and there is an Easter Egg. I won’t spoil it for you.

Severin’s treatment of Patrick is a fan-ready disc. You really get into the world of Richard Franklin with quite a bit of time devoted to his perspective on the film while including both screenwriter and producer in the extras. It looks good. Watches and great and shouldn’t feel dated or irrelevant. The social issues raised in Patrick are just as prominent today as they were in 1978. My advice would be to watch Patrick with a little coffee to get yourself ready for a movie that will get your heart racing all be it at a gradual pace.

Pick up Patrick now along with the rest of the Ozploitation releases from Severin. Also make sure to check out the remake for a slightly different perspective on this now familiar story.


OZPLOITATION TRAILER EXPLOSION (Severin/Intervision DVD) – Party’s Not Over! It’s Only Just Begun

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on 07/09/2014 by Dr. Jimmy Terror

Dr. Jimmy TERROR of  DOCTERROR.COM will be joining us as a resident guest writer for an undetermined amount of time. Be prepared to have your eyes written shut with the pre-history and post-apocalypse of HORROR. Give him a like over on Facebook or follow him on Twitter.

I adore a good trailer reel, and I’m not above picking up any of them even if it contains trailers I’ve seen a thousand times as long as the theme is solid. With the most recent reel from Severin Films, Ozploitation Trailer Explosion, you get a healthy dose of the essential and underground films of Ozploitation era in a well organized, entertaining amalgam that demands an Aussie party in its honor. It’s no secret that I’m a fan of Severin Films and Intervision. They put out a bunch of classic Franco and, on their Intervision label, have given us some sexploitation Oz flicks in the past. This continues that flavor by highlighting movies that may not be on your radar.

From Severin/Intervision:

In the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, films like MY BRILLIANT CAREER and BREAKER MORANT put Australia’s ‘New Wave’ on the map. But at the same time, a depraved generation of young Aussie filmmakers was putting a very different kind of movie on screens. This is the ultimate collection of ‘Ozploitation’ trailers, packed with ockers, knockers, pubes, tubes, comatose killers, outback chillers, high-octane disasters and kung fu masters.
What we have here, is a nice way to round out a collection with trailers from yesteryear. You have the ability to watch them all in sequence or separate them by concentration. Sexplotation, Action/Crime, Horror. In my opinion this is what really distinguishes a solid trailer reel from a dirty stinking mess you might find elsehwere. There’s order or at least the option for order. You can also elect to screen each trailer separately from a handsome title screen. The quality is good. Trailers don’t often get as much attention as some full length releases. These look like well cared for shorts, and not a bunch of direct-from-VHS captures. The cover art is perfect combining some well crafted artistic interpretations of some classic Oz features.

Some of the movies on the disc are as follows:

Alvin Purple, Patrick (just reviewed from Severin), Road Games, Mad Dog Morgan, Stunt Rock, Stone, Barry McKenzie Holds His Own, Fantasm, Wake in Fright, Dead Kids (which we will review shortly), Felicity (the movie that I am going to be pick up shortly), Turkey Shoot (one of the best damn “most dangerous game” flicks out there), Thirst (to be reviewed shortly), The Man From Hong Kong, BMX Bandits, Dead End Drive-In (which I watched this past year on Netflix Instant and enjoyed some of the violence). There’s quite a bit more as I just pulled this list from the highlight list, but that’s part of the fun of at trailer reel. Discovering new shit.

If you’ve picked up Severin’s trifecta of Aussie horror, Patrick, Dead Kids and Thirst this is the perfect balance to those exceptionally strong releases. Lots of violence. Nude people with abundant pubic mounds. More fun than a pack of kangaroos getting slaughtered by a giant truck (well… almost) Combined with the documentary Not Quite Hollywood, you might even feel like you’ve taken a entry level course into the wonderful world of OZ. You can pick it up now. This will set you up for Wolf Creek 2 later this year when you can finally own that amazing new Oz picture.


PATRICK: Evil Awakens – The Great and Powerful Ozploitation Gets a Remake

Posted in all categories with tags , , , on 03/08/2014 by Dr. Jimmy Terror

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For some reason I always think that Gerrit Graham is the bed ridden, eye open, comatose, telekinetically enhanced patient in Patrick. I know better or at least I should seeing as it’s a classic piece of Ozploitation cinema that would pretty much put Graham on the other side of the world, but my brain seems to play this trick on itself as if it were a mirage in the outback. I had the chance to sit down with the much maligned though yet unseen Patrick remake to see if the new feature could hope to stand up to the cult iconic original. While I cannot claim that you’ll watch a picture as original or a comatose patient as disturbing, Mark Hartley has put together a good movie that is worth watching and, separate from the original release, should be appreciated as a solid piece of horror fiction.

Synopsis: The guy in the bed at the hospital for research on coma patients… he may not be as vegetative as you might think. When a new nurse comes on board to help look after a hospital of test subjects, the secrets start to spill out from the hidden mind of the human guinea pig looking for freedom from his own mind, but what secrets still remain hidden behind locked eyes. What does Patrick truly want? How does he plan to get it?


You should know that Mark Hartley is a man who creates amazing documentaries. Both Not Quite Hollywood and Machete Maidens Unleashed were excellent looks at two different cultures and time periods in the creation of film, Australia and the Philippines in the 70’s and 80’s respectively. For a moment we should pay attention to Not Quite Hollywood and understand that if a person was going to remake Patrick and touch a special place in horror history, it should really be done by an historian who was familiar with both origin and substance of the movie and not merely the fan. Not Quite Hollywood examine Ozploitation cinema (cinema that exploited all things Australian) and is one of the best docs on horror or any genre I’ve seen (not solely dedicated to horror in this case). Perhaps that’s why the remake of Patrick works so well. Hartley understands, in great detail, the creation of the original and the driving force between the great cinema of yester-Oz.

Clearly this film has been modernized. It is much darker than it’s counter part, stars the stunning Sharni Vinson, number one Aussie in the cast,  among some other talented actors and preserves nicely the story of the original picture with some updated, embellished story items, less obtuse camera angles and some updated effects work.  Sharni carries most of the movie, and is a strong leading lady. This is the kind of performance we have come to expect from her after her powerhouse, You’re Next, heroinism. I said it before, and I will say it again. I’m glad to see her in as many horror pictures as she will perform in. Perhaps the greatest letdown is the actor who plays Patrick himself. While there’s not much to a performance as a comatose patient in terms of dialogue, the physical look that should be set to disturb is lackluster. To say that an actor who isn’t performing is underperforming is quite the task to support. Perhaps it’s in the eyes or maybe the casting was just incorrect. This youngish, near angelic new Patrick doesn’t startle, frighten or seduce. He is only a magnet for our sympathy, and not to be feared in at his most evil. The cast is rounded out by Rachel Griffiths of Six Feet Under fame who gives a truly strong performance as the head nurse, in fear and paranoid as well as Charles Dance who is the perfect doctor evil. He’s not a Lanister anymore (nodding to his role in Game of Thrones).

Patrick couldn’t hope to live up to the original or at least the perception of the original by its core audience. No cult fanbase could let it be good I suppose, but it is good. As a separate film, devoid of comparison I think audiences are going to appreciate some very real tension, tension that may have even lacked in the original picture. The score is good though not quite as memorable as the original, popular performed by Goblin. The end result of the thing, the finale, provides a somewhat obvious, but enjoyable twist.

All in all I’m going to recommend Patrick to those who haven’t seen the original picture or at least can forgive a remake for its uniqueness. Mostly so I don’t have to listen to the chants of “why was this made”.  It’s a solid piece of horror fiction and its own story with proper respects paid to the original by a cast and crew who “get it”. Granted I enjoyed the original film and sequel (sequel!) but I am not the staunch, tunnel-visioned supporter that can’t get out of his own way to enjoy a good story.

The only truly negative thing I will bring to the table about this movie… shitty poster/cover art. The original wins hands down. The “faces” style doesn’t appeal to me, and this one could use an update.

Patrick will be available in theatrical release beginning March 14th from Phase 4 Films.

-Doc Terror


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