Macabre...ish Horror Review: Patient Seven
Patient Seven, 2016/ 1 hr 56 min.
Sadistic Dr. Daniel Martin (Michael Ironside) is interested in writing a book, he believes mental illness is a result of an original trauma, an untold secret...and if the ill can be coaxed to remember and tell the secret, it will uncover the basis for their illness.
So he decides to interview people in maximum security at Facility. He uses very unorthodox, illegal and abusive methods to get them to open up and ‘unburden’ themselves.
The patients may be ill but this doctor is sick. He uses their fears against them for material for his book. This is an anthology and each tale is the story of each interviewee and the story of how they came to be there. For instance, one woman’s mother saw monsters and one man is terrified of plastic wrap, he claims he was killed on vacation in the UK by a serial killer. Then there’s a vampire and zombie tale.
And when it’s all said and done, he summons all of the now retraumatized patients to reveal some very nice twists and a nice ending.
After a while you begin to see a common theme between inmates aside from their circumstances. This is a pretty cool concept. The effects are good, not too gory or graphic. There are jump scares and good twists. Well done!
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