Patrick: Evil Awakens (2013)

With my workweek winding down and a weekend full of events at the Pennsylvania Literary Festival (and softball), I decided to kick back and relax once I finished some homework tonight. While relaxing, I threw on a film I picked up at Family Video, the 2013 entry Patrick: Evil Awakens.

Plot/ When a young nurse begins work at an isolated psychiatric ward, she quickly becomes fascinated with Patrick, a brain dead patient who is the subject of a mad scientist's cruel and unusual experiments. What starts as an innocent fascination quickly takes a sinister turn as Patrick begins to use his psychic powers to manipulate her every move, and send her life into a terrifying spiral out of control.

As many know, I am not a huge fan of remakes. However, this updated version of the 1978 film Patrick is worth watching and does a great job at bridging the films together. While there is solid acting, detailed cinematography, and a tremendous score, it is the dark storyline and underlying realism that drives this one home. Because of this storyline, there is a cold and heavy atmosphere created in the film that definitely allows the movie to breathe and grow. Yes, there is not a tremendous difference from the original, the scares were somewhat predictable and there was not an overly suspenseful feel, but those are really non-factors in this film. In the end, this was an entertaining movie and a film that must be watched. More creepy than terrifying, this one is worth renting at least once.


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