Patrick (2013 film)

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Theatrical film poster
Directed byMark Hartley
Written byJustin King
Story by
Based onPatrick
by Everett De Roche
Richard Franklin
Produced byAntony I. Ginnane
CinematographyGarry Richards
Edited byJane Moran
Music byPino Donaggio
Distributed byUmbrella Entertainment
Release date
  • 27 July 2013 (2013-07-27) (Melbourne International Film Festival)
Running time
96 minutes

Patrick (released internationally as Patrick: Evil Awakens) is a 2013 Australian supernatural horror film directed by Mark Hartley and a remake of the 1978 film of the same name.[1][2] It had its world premiere on 27 July 2013 at the Melbourne International Film Festival and received a limited theatrical release on 14 March 2014, followed by a DVD release the following month. Its Canadian theatrical premiere was at the Lost Episode Festival Toronto on 5 July 2014.

The movie stars Jackson Gallagher as the titular Patrick, a comatose young man who uses his psychic powers to stalk a nurse caring for him.


Kathy, a young nurse, is eager to prove herself in her new job in an isolated psychiatric clinic. She's intrigued by Patrick, a comatose patient whom her boss Dr. Roget assures her is incapable of truly responding to any external stimuli. Kathy is horrified by the experiments that Roget and his nurse Matron Cassidy inflict upon him, and she's initially pleased when she finds a way to communicate with him. This quickly turns to horror when Patrick uses his psychic abilities to interfere with her life outside of the hospital, as Patrick has grown obsessed with Kathy and will harm anyone he deems to be interfering with his relationship with her.



Richard E. Grant was originally cast as the doctor but had to drop out because of a scheduling conflict.[3]


Home media[edit]

Patrick was released on DVD and Blu-ray by Phase 4 Films on June 10, 2014.[4]


On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, Patrick holds an approval rating of 73% based on 22 reviews, and an average rating of 5.30/10.[5] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 48 out of 100 based on 4 critic reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[6]

The Hollywood Reporter rated it favorably, summing it up with the tagline "This Ozploitation remake is a spookily effective fright-fest."[7] The Guardian gave a predominantly favorable but mixed review, praising the cast's acting overall while noting that the film erred in overdoing the film's shocks and doing them too early.[8] Richard Kuipers from Variety gave the film a positive review, praising Vinson's performance, gothic atmosphere, while noting the film's occasionally wobbly dialogue.[9] Drew Tinnin from Dread Central rated the film a score of 3.5 out of 5, stating that director Hartley "his remake of one of those films exhibits the same understanding of how to craft an effective horror film that's decidedly over-the-top while still retaining the same atmosphere that made the original Patrick worth documenting in the first place."[10]

Clifford Wheatley from IGN wrote, "Patrick: Evil Awakens offers some talented actors doing their best with lacklustre material, peppered with some amusing practical make-up effects, but offers nothing of substance to make this a movie worth spending your money on. It's late-night cable fodder at the very best."[11] Simon Abrams on Roger awarded the film a mixed 2.5 out of 4 stars, commending the film's score, script; while criticizing the film's dialogue, and direction as being "often unnecessarily over-determined".[12]


Award Category Subject Result
AFCA Awards Best Actress Sharni Vinson Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Charles Dance Nominated


  1. ^ "AICN HORROR talks with Mark Hartley director of PATRICK: EVIL AWAKENS! Plus reviews of PATRICK (1978) and the remake!". AICN. Retrieved 11 June 2014.
  2. ^ Tyson, Patrick. "Aussie Cult Classic Gets The Remake Treatment". FilmInk. Archived from the original on 24 May 2014. Retrieved 11 June 2014.
  3. ^ Don Groves, 'A change of villain in Patrick reboot, SBS Film, 10 Sept 2012 accessed 5 Oct 2012
  4. ^ "Patrick: Evil Awakens (2013) - Mark Hartley". Allmovie. Retrieved 11 September 2019.
  5. ^ "Patrick". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 19 July 2022.
  6. ^ "Patrick: Evil Awakens Reviews". Metacritic. Red Ventures. Retrieved 19 July 2022.
  7. ^ Lehmann, Megan. "Patrick: Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 11 June 2014.
  8. ^ Barber, Lynden. "Patrick - first look review". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 June 2014.
  9. ^ Kuipers, Richard. "'Patrick: Evil Awakens' Review: A Well-Crafted Horror Remake – Variety". Richard Kuipers. Retrieved 11 September 2019.
  10. ^ Tinnin, Drew. "Patrick (2013)". Dread Drew Tinnin. Retrieved 11 September 2019.
  11. ^ Wheatley, Clifford. "Patrick: Evil Awakens Review - IGN". Clifford Wheatley. Retrieved 11 September 2019.
  12. ^ Abrams, Simon. "Patrick Movie Review & Film Summary (2014)". Roger Simon Abrams. Retrieved 11 September 2019.

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