Patient Seven, Danny Draven’s Dark Horror Anthology
Patient Seven: Film Details
Writers: Barry Jay, Sam Dickson, Richard Falkner, Paul Fischer, Jacey Heldrich, Brian McAuley, Aidee Walker, Paul Davis, Omar Orn Hauksson, Dean Hewison, Joel Morgan, Johannes Persson, Nicholas Peterson, David Steenhoek
Release Date: October 11, 2016
Release Format: Streaming
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 1 hour, 53 minutes
The film centers on Dr. Marcus, a renowned psychiatrist who has selected 6 severe mentally ill and dangerous patients from the Spring Valley Mental Hospital to interview as part of research for his new book.
As Dr. Marcus interviews each patient, one by one the horrors they have committed begin to unfold. However, Dr. Marcus soon learns that there is one patient who ties them all together – Patient Seven.
Danny Draven and Barry Jay takes a fresh approach in the world of mythical creatures in Patient Seven. Monsters, ghosts, vampires, zombies, and serial killers run amok in this film. The dark, twisted Horror anthology comprise of seven tales of deceit, betrayal, and murder.
- The Visitant (Nicholas Peterson, David Steenhoek)
- The Body (Paul Davis)
- Undying Love (Omar Orn Hauksson)
- The Sleeping Plot (Dean Hewison, Sam Dickson, Richard Falkner, Aidee Walker)
- Banishing (Erlingur Thoroddsen, Jacey Heldrich, Brian McAuley)
- Death Scenes (Joel Morgan)
- Evaded (Johannes Persson, Rasmus Wassberg)
Veteran actor Michael Ironside portrays Dr. Daniel Marcus a psychiatrist. For his newest book, Dr. Marcus interviews mental patients at the Spring Valley Mental Hospital.
The patients are frantic and delusional; each burdened with dark pasts. During the interview, they recount past memories that led them to admittance at the hospital.
Segment one is The Visitant. Patient 1, Jill, recounts a horrific past, where she and her younger sister, Katie (portrayed by Sybil Gregory) endured the insanity of their mother (portrayed by Amy Smart), who was having visions of a demon of some sort.
These visions pushed her off the deep end. She is sent her on uncontrollable deranged episodes, where she became psychotic.
Segment two is The Body. Patient 2 is a distraught man, who goes by the name of “John Doe”, or “JD”. He has no recollection of who he is, where he is, or how or why he’s in the Spring Valley Mental Hospital.
He suffers from a strange fear of plastic wrap. He recalls a dream where he’s killed by an unknown assailant.
Segment three is Undying Love. Patient 3, Gabrielle tells of visions of a time when she and her husband her happy. They then became the victims of a zombie outbreak.
Segment four is The Sleeping Plot. Patient 4, Sarah, recalls her best friend committing suicide. When Sarah was younger, she scammed a way to raise money. The funds went to buy a shovel to bury her friend and put her to rest.
Segment five is Banishing. Patient 5, Jessa (portrayed by Danielle Koch), is a young woman who is mute. Jessa’s only form of communication is knocking once or twice to answer questions. She agrees to a hypnosis activity by Dr. Marcus to figure out what happened in her past.
Jessa recalls a violent childhood Imaginary friend. This figment committed atrocities in Jessa’s life. It started to tear her family apart. Together, Jessa and her friend Kara (portrayed by Haley Kotch) performed a ritual to banish the imaginary friend.
Segment six is Death Scenes. Patient 6, David, believes he’s seen vampires and that he’s hired a mercenary to kill them. He recalls the visions of the victims who have fallen to this killer by brutal means. But his work is not done.
Segment seven is Evade. Dr. Marcus is delusional and finds himself a patient of Spring Valley Mental Hospital. He finds himself trapped by the patients he had conducting interviewed.
Dr. Marcus awakes from the bad dream. He’s in a prison cell, as the realization hits that he’s no psychiatrist at all. In fact, Dr. Marcus is bound by dreams and hallucinations.
Dr. Marcus recounts what happened in his past. As a patient, Dr. Marcus comes to terms with a childhood incident. He and his mother are stranded in the middle of nowhere, where they are attacked by a vicious woman. His mother became infected, and he was left with no other choice than to end her life.
Danny Draven and Barry Jay takes a more “realistic” approach to mythical folklore. Patient Seven is comprised of popular themes in the history of Horror cinema. These themes date back to the late 1800’s. Patient Seven re-invents these concepts in a way that is, not only modern, but less theatrical, dramatic, and fanatical.
The tales in Patient Seven are crazy imaginations and personalities of a mental patient. This person hasn’t come to terms that he is, in fact, insane.
Patient Seven is trapped in a world of denial. He takes refuge and invents different characters in his levels of insanity. This is a genius idea.
Patient Seven has too many dull moments, where it lost my attention, and my focus strayed away. And, yet, it was also predictable in a sense.
I’ve seen enough movies like this suspect the one who’s suspecting the others. Dr. Marcus was suspect to me from the beginning, so I had a general sense of how it would end.
Monsters, Zombies, Vampires, and Ghosts produce chills and terror to the audiences. These themes modernized through the decades and the scare tactics have dropped off.
Somehow, I still find the 1920s through the 1990s more intimidating than the 2000s and 2010s. Horror cinema is brutal in its approach today. Patient Seven conjures mediocre scares in its attempt to be darker.
Horror cinema founded in the 1890’s. The first Horror film, Georges Meilies’ The Devil’s Castle (1896). The theme of mythical creatures in Horror cinema entertained audiences since the 1920’s.
F.W. Murnau introduced us to the first vampire movie, Nosferatu (1922). Victor Halperin introduced us to the first zombie movie, White Zombie (1932).
Although a creature feature, Jack Arnold’s Tarantula (1955) was the first “monster” movie made. Alfred Hitchcock paved the way for serial killers in cinema in Shadow Of A Doubt (1943).
Why is this relevant? Vampires, Zombies, Monsters, and Serial killers, in Patient Seven, pays homage
As the decades’ progress, so do Horror cinema and its many different circuits. Directors and filmmakers are finding creative ways to incorporate these themes. Danny Draven A lot of these innovations are in Found Footage, Psychological Documentaries. and Anthologies. Despite not being new, Richard Oswald’s Eerie Tales, or Unheimliche Geschichten (1919) are expanded on.
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