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Patrick Still Lives (Italian: Patrick vive ancora) is a 1980 Italian horror film directed by Mario Landi (Giallo in Venice) and starring Sacha Pitoëff, Gianni Dei, Mariangela Giordano, Carmen Russo, Paolo Giusti, and Franco Silva. The film is an unauthorized, In Name Only sequel to the 1978 Australian film Patrick, and follows the events surrounding a young man named Patrick Herschel (Dei) who is sent into a coma following a roadside accident and subsequently develops Psychic Powers, which he uses to commit a series of brutal murders.

Patrick Still Tropes:

  • And I Must Scream: As in the original Australian production, the title character is left in such a state at the beginning of the film, though here it's accidental.
  • Bitch Slap: Stella attempts to seduce Mr. Davis, but he rebuffs her advances, calls her a cheap whore, and slaps her across the face. Stella then returns the favour and slaps Mr. Davis.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: In addition to Sheryl's death by decapitation and Stella's by impalement, Lyndon is fatally scalded in his swimming pool, Peter is gassed to death inside his car, Mr. Davis is impaled on and hung by a meat hook, Meg is mauled to death by dogs, and a male nurse is electrocuted.
  • Disposable Sex Worker: Stella is revealed to be a former prostitute. Guess what happens to her in the end.
  • Faceless Eye: Whenever Patrick uses his powers, the image of his disembodied eyes appears on screen.
  • Fanservice: Virtually every female character gets naked or topless at some point.
  • Grievous Bottley Harm: Patrick is left in a coma after being hit in the face by a bottle thrown from a passing van.
  • Groin Attack: One of the most insanely brutal examples in film history — Stella is impaled in the crotch with a red-hot poker.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Dr. Herschel tells Patrick to kill Lydia, but he refuses, so Dr. Herschel decides to do it himself using a poison syringe. Patrick then uses his powers to force the doctor to inject himself with the poison.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Dr. Herschel keeps a group of comatose patients alive in his laboratory for the purpose of scientific research.
  • No Ending: Lydia attempts to flee from the house, but Patrick has blocked off all the exits, forcing her to retreat to his room. There, she lets out a scream — and then the film just stops.
  • Off with His Head!: Sheryl is decapitated by her car's electric window.
  • Porn Stache: Peter boasts a pretty impressive one.
  • Product Placement: Virtually every character is seen drinking from a bottle of J&B whiskey at some point.
  • Psychic Powers: As with the original film, the title character is telekinetic, and uses it to cause harm to others. The main difference is that here he's being used by someone else for the purpose of vengeance rather than acting on his own interests.
  • Revenge: It is eventually revealed that the six guests were in the van from which the bottle that put Patrick in his coma was thrown, and Dr. Herschel invited them over for the purpose of using his son's powers to exact revenge on them for leaving him in such a state.
  • Villainous Crush: Patrick seems to have one for Lydia, as demonstrated in a scene where he attempts to telekinetically lift her skirt up.
  • Where the Hell Is Springfield?: It's not entirely clear where the story is meant to take place. A reference to Lyndon being a Member of Parliament suggests that it may have been intended to be set in Australia like the original film, but all the vehicles are left-hand drive. The fact that it's very obviously filmed in Italy doesn't help.