Recently released on various platforms, Terror Films presents Patient Seven, a psychodrama horror anthology taking you into the minds of insane mental patients.
Starring Micheal Ironside who plays an acclaimed psychiatrist who examines the horror stories of 6 patients of Spring Valley Mental Hospital for research in his new book. As we meet each of the patients and hear their stories, we are led into various horror shorts covering several subgenres of horror like demons, vampires, and zombies. And somehow each of these patients and their stories are all connected to the final seventh patient.
The excitement comes in meeting each patients and watching their stories. Many actors stand out, one is Dan Lench and his portrayal of a man terrified of plastic wrap. For a concept that probably sounds incredibly cheesy, Dan pulls it off fantastic. Don’t worry, there’s a legitimate reason for it.
One actor I quite enjoy is Doug Jones, mostly known for prosthetic work. His capabilities to bring creatures to life is unsurpassed. Abe Sapien, Pale Man, and now as the demon in the Visitant segment, which is both terrifying and outstanding.
The various shorts is really the glue that holds this movie together. Each short directed by different directors. Some short clearly shows their influence like Unrequited Love being heavily influenced by Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later. Though I don’t know if there’s a rule of anthology film not having 2 shorts about zombies. I did have moments where I was having trouble trying to connect the particular patients and their stories. But that’s something that easily overlooked.
It’s a decent film for those who are looking to splurge on horror films during the month of October. I don’t know if this will gain massive attention to warrant cult status but there are several noticeable appeals that will give attention to both the director and the actors in the film for their future projects. I’ll definitely be keeping an eye on Dan Lench. That’s my honest Noble opinion.