Patrick Still Lives

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Jun 3, 2003 (Updated Jun 3, 2003)
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Pros:Some death sequences have a sense of originality, and I admire Mariangela Giordano.

Cons:It is all just too squeaky clean not to mention dumb.

The Bottom Line: Unofficial sequel to "Patrick" has some interesting death sequences, but without plausible characters or setting, the movie itself sinks.


First I have to admit that I have not ever seen the original "Patrick," the 1978 Australian horror film. The only thing I know of the original is what I got from the trailer that appears on the ancient VHS copy of "The Hills Have Eyes." Normally I'm not one to watch a supposed sequel before the original, but from what I gather, "Patrick Still Lives" has about as much in common with "Patrick" as "Dawn of the Dead" does with "Zombi 2."

The original film dealt with a young man named Patrick who is comatose and can telepathically manipulate things in reality. This movie opens up with next to zero character development. Before the opening credits, we see a man get hit in the head by a bottle tossed out of a moving vehicle. He screams, and the next shot is him in the hospital post operation. If this is the same Patrick character from the original, then he has the worst luck out of anyone on this planet.

Thank god we get a character in this movie who knows who the pre-coma Patrick is, because Patrick himself has no lines of dialogue in this film, though he does have a telepathic love scene.

"Patrick Still Lives" is a movie that takes a rather dumb story line and it tickles it with a pillow feather until every silly little aspect lying in the gutter surfaces. The screenplay was written by Piero Regnoli who wrote "Burial Ground," a zombie movie so ridiculous, it has to be seen to be believed.

If I didn't know it was from the same writer, I would have guessed it while watching this film. Both movies deal with a group of people in located in an isolated villa and one by one they are killed off by menacing zombies, or in this movie's case, a telapethic Patrick. Why is Patrick killing them? Who cares. Every female actor in this movie has a full frontal nude scene, and every male actor slaps them around a lot. This movie is as if the porno version of "Dynasty" was a slasher film.

I'm not ripping into this movie as much as maybe I should, because this movie in no way takes itself seriously. This is not a boring film, but in no way is it a good film, or even a recommendable one at that. It's one of those movies that wallows in its own sensationalism of such a dumb idea that the only way there can be some enjoyment is by milking it for what its worth by unnecessary nudity and graphic violence.

Bad movies that are not in any way try to be good are simply just there to amuse and crack jokes at. Bad movies that are trying to be good only insult the viewer's intelligence. I don't think "Patrick Still Lives" was trying to compliment my intelligence, so it's safe in that field.

Did I myself enjoy this movie? Not really. After seeing "Burial Ground," which is actually much worse than this, and gobs of other "exists only for shockertainment," this movie is just too clean to pass as a shocking bit of Italian Horror.

The movie isn't dark, it isn't grimy, and it didn't make me feel dirty afterwards. If it had done that, then I would be more lenient towards the final product. The characters in this movie are upperclass politicians and other rich types. They get naked a lot, and their death scenes do have a sense of originality: a woman is impaled with a poker in her vagina till it comes out her mouth, a man is boiled in a swimming pool, and a woman is decapitated by a car window.

Some of the other death scenes just come off as implausible even for a movie like this. Honestly, would you have a face to face stare down with a floating metal hook on a chain?

I just didn't buy the characters or the setting. If this movie had dealt with putting some pimps and prostitutes, maybe some hustlers, into a seedy downtown New York hotel, then maybe I would have gotten into it a little more. Sleazy characters and sleazy murder. With these rich characters, "Patrick Still Lives" is just too bright and shiny for its own good. I had the same problem with Lamberto Bava's "Delirium." I'm not saying a sleazy film should never deal with wealthy people, but everything in this is just too sophisticated and soap opera like. Fulci got the material correct in "The New York Ripper." Patrick's psychic homespital room looks like Dr. Frank N. Furter's campy laboratory from "Rocky Horror."

Maybe if they made a movie about this film's cinematographer, they would have had something. One scene has a man searching around his room for a particular item, while a naked woman sleeps on the bed and points her behind towards the camera wherever it goes. I guess it's just incase we forgot there was a naked woman in the room.

Shriek Show has released this DVD in two seperate versions. There is an "R" rated and a unrated explicit version. See, now this I don't get. Why release it edited? Who will buy it? I'm sure there are die hard "Patrick Still Lives" fans out there who want both copies, but I'm positive there aren't enough to turn in any form of profit.

Edited versions more often than not exist only for fascist video retailers like morally corrupt Blockbuster Video. A movie like "Patrick Still Lives" will never be found there anyway, so I am under the impression that the edited version only exists so we all know that there is a true uncut version. I don't know about anyone else, but I would never have doubted them anyway.

The extras are the same batch from other standard Shriek Show DVD's: trailers and interviews. We have an interview from the producer who explains that the infamous vaginal death scene with Mariangela Giordano was not in the script, but came about when they got in a heated argument. Something tells me this isn't the first time that happened, since this is the same actress who got her breast eaten off by her incestuous son in "Burial Ground."

If I got anything out of "Patrick Still Lives," it's that it kinda does make me want to see the original, not only so I have something to compare it too, but because if it contains nearly the exact story line, I want to see how someone else can handle material. Someone who is not intent on ripping off his own "Burial Ground" or humiliating Mariangela Giordano who is stunning enough to have a better presence than material like this.


Recommend this product? No


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