Severin films is at it again. And yes I mean that in a good way. I always look forward to the newest crop of Severin releases and this title is no exception. Its called Patrick Still Lives, and I am ashamed to say that this is a title that has escaped me all these years. Yes, Severin has once again stumped me with a title. But that’s good, as I could not wait to sit down and watch this one. And let me tell you, I was not disappointed.
Patrick Herschel is a young man, who one morning when standing on the curb with his father, who happens to be a doctor, gets a bottle thrown at him by some people driving by in a car. There arm is definitely strong as the bottle hits him with such power he is knocked out cold and put in a coma. His dad is overcome with grief and takes Patrick home to care for him. Over the years Patrick not only remains in the coma but because of it he begins to develop telekinesis. His father never got over what happened to his son so he decides to get his revenge in one of the most elaborate plots I have ever seen.
See Dr Herschel is not only a top surgeon but he also owns the upscale Herschel Relaxation Resort. A health spa of sorts where Patrick, along with other patients are staying at. Patrick who is along side other comatose patients has been somehow drawing power for these people. He can do the typical move stuff like lift a girls skirt, things like that. He father has been studying his condition and decides to invite a group of people, the people driving in the van who threw the bottle at his son, to the resort to gain his revenge via Patrick’s psychic powers.
The group of people are actually pretty awful so you will never actually feel pity on them. Patrick uses his mental powers to start killing them off one by one. And I must say it is done in very grizzly fashion. Heads decapitated by car windows. Boiled to death in a swimming pool, which has a great make up effect of all the skin melting off. Stabbed to death with a fire poker, you name it. And its not just all violent kills from Patrick. As these are awful people you get plenty of cat fights, drunken abuse, and for some reason or another an ungodly amount of nudity. You even get a sexual assault with a metal rod, that does not end well.
Severin Films in my opinion are doing some of the best transfers in the business today. This film is as crisp and clean as one of todays big budget releases. The video quality is fantastic, and that’s saying something as I’ve a feeling the negative was probably worn over the years. The dark scenes never suffer from a blue tint and everything is smooth as can be. The score is great as well and thanks to Severin the audio is amazing as well. It sounds fantastic coming out of your surround sound. And as Severin always goes above and beyond you get a great looking cover, and yes special features as well.
C’est la Vie – Interview with Actor Gianni Dei
Reversable cover sleeve
This is a totally insane exploration film to say the least, and I mean that in the best way possible. Lets recap, a kid in a coma gets telekinesis and gets revenge on the people he put he their thanks to his grief stricken slightly insane father at a health resort. You can write this this, well someone did, and I am very glad for that fact. If you want a fun evening pick this one up right away. You can pre order it now.
Overall 3.5 out of 5 Stars!