A psychopath named
Patrick (Robert Thompson) electrocutes
his mother and her lover in a baqthtub
and then lays comatose in a small private
hospital for four years and his only
action being his involuntary spitting.
A beautiful young nurse named Kathy
Jaquard (Susan Penhaligon) has just
separated from her husband and starts her
job at the hospital. She takes quite an
interest to Patrick as she senses that
he's communicating with her through his
spitting and using his special powers to
try and kill the men that communicate
with her to manipulate events in her
He communicates with her through a
typewriter as he seems fascinated with
her and wants no other guy to be with her
and will try to kill with his mind if he
has to as well as control everyone's
actions too in a horrible way.
beginning on Patrick lying there with the camera
panning on a couple having an affair in the other room
which shows a good dark feeling to it as
well as Patrick later on going
in the other room trying to electrocute
them with an electric heater while
they're taking a bath which looked truly
A nice moment with Kathy Jacquard entering
the hospital room and Patrick just lying there wide eyed and coming up
to him and he spits which almost makes
you jump. Very well done.
A good shot on a
matron trying to write something and
falling asleep with a disply on her table
There's a nice moment with Kathy sitting at a poolside smoking a
cigarette while Dr. Brian Wright tried
to introduce himself to her and she acts
a little stand offish with nice shots on
him swimming in the pool and then he is
struggling as if something is pulling him
down which grabs your attention quite
well wondering if he will survive and Kathy herself looking concerned and walking over
towards him and holding out her hand.
We have a good moment with Kathy in the hospital room talking on the
phone with Ed Jacquard on the
other line and she acts aggressive
towards him and hangs up which looked
believeably done on a dispute. Then
we have a good moment with her and Patrick when he spits and she tries to
communicate with him after a good slap in
the face on him along with a nice close
up shot on him with a tear shedding.
There's nice effective communication with
her when she feels him and asks if he can
feel her touching him.
A perfect scene with the matron acting stern towards Kathy giving
her a warning about her behavior with the
patients in the asylum and what will
happen if she does it again.
There's a terrific moment with Kathy typing away and then the words are
changing along with the camera shots on Patrick lying on the hospital bed.
There's a good moment with Dr. Roget by acting obnoxious towards
Nurse Panicale to activate a heater or tripping out
when Patrick lets out a spit.
We have another shot o nPatrick slowly turning his head towards Panicale with a perfect terrifying
There's terrific shots with both Kathy and Brian in the room using
a strobe light on Patrick along
with a nice presence on the matron by trying to put her hand on the doorkbnob
to the room and constantly acts hesiant
and having strange reactions.
Then we have a good shot onthe matron walking into an electricity room about to
pull down the handle to the power switch
with some shocking reactions.
We have a nice moment with Dr. Roget bringing a knife towards Patrick and then holding back along with a nice
blow on him falling into the hallway then
acting crazy towards Kathy acting
in a panic craze.
We have a nice scene with Kathy on
the typewriter trying to communicate with
Patrick and a bunch of supernatural
forces happening like things exploding or
files blowing papers in the air.
Bottom line is that this is a very strange
film but extremely mysterious with some
supernatural events like you'd see in
the Exorcist, The Omen
and Rosemary's Baby but
this film had nothing to do with the
devil at all.
You want to wonder if this psychopath
will ever awaken and kill someone but it
really is interesting that he kills with
his mind by possessing others and using
special forces through his mind too. It's one of those movies that stands on
it's own and a very memorable one for
many horror fans who likes to get psyched
out on what the hell is going on. You'd wonder big time on the mind of this
maniac and how he communicates while
being in a coma which was truly freaky.
This film can give you nightmares if you
really got into it too. The film is
totally psyched out like I mentioned that
it leaves a chill down your spine the
performance was that creepy with
The acting is very
well done for it's time in which lead
actress Susan Penhaligon (Kathy Jacquard) seemed
to have studied her role nicely by
playing a nurse in training with her nice
attitude and at the same time her
aggressions as well. There's a good blocking reaction with her in a trance this time
trying to put a needle in her arm near the end of her performance.
Robert Helpmann (Dr. Roget) is terrific with his
intensity and obnoxious attitude making
his role as a realistic employer who is
not easy to work with.
Ron Mullinar (Ed Jacquard) really brings on the
charm with his bubbly attitude and
understanding behavior for his part in
the film being the typical nice guy next
Bruce Barry (Dr. Brian Wright) was right on with his
seriousness and one of the prime targets
of Patrick's who knew how to act powerful
when he wanted to be.
Julia Blake (Matron Cassidy) was probably the one who
stood out the most with her aggressive
and prickly actions as the head matron of
the asylum showing good expressions too. Also shows off a
good aggressive expression and her
forceful words when she warns someone.
Robert Thompson (Patrick) had no lines at all
and mainly stayed in his hospital bed but
he really looked great with his wide
paranoid looking eyes and non expressions
being in a coma.
There's a brief
nude scene with both Paul Young
and Marilyn Rogers having a
lustful moment together in bed and in a
Maria Mercedes is swimming topless
and her breasts are briefly exposed.
There's a burned
A woman's face is badly scarred to death
Composer Brian May
performs alot of good quivering violin
playing with some drum thumping sounds
for the real suspenseful moments with the
good typical high pitched violin sounds
too like you'd picture in a murder
mystery with some low piano poundings for
the supernatural events revolving around
Patrick. Of course we have some neat
synthesizer dark sounds too.
Tons of great violin squealing music when
the closing credits starts and then some
peaceful piano playing with a flute
blending int too and some relaxing violin
orchestra tunes combining it alltogether
giving the ending a nice touch.
Buck Gardner: What about the
Whitney: They're eating the
People eat fish, Grogan. Fish don't eat
McKeown: That guard is still out
Paul Grogan: Fine, I need you to
Maggie McKeown: What for?
Paul Grogan: So I can get away.
Maggie McKeown: So YOU can get
away? What about me?
Paul Grogan: Well suit yourself.
Just come onto him, tell him what an
admirer you are of Army or something like
Maggie McKeown: What if he's gay?
Paul Grogan: Then I'll go and