Film Review: Patient Seven (2016)

Patient Seven is a film that blends a psychological horror framing story, with segmented flashbacks that essentially create an anthology film. It was written by Barry Jay Stitch (The Chosen) and directed by genre veteran Danny Draven (Ghost Month, Reel Evil). While Draven is listed as the main director, I have included a handy chart to give credit to all of the directors involved.

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Aside from some talented direction, this film also employs many recognizable faces in the cast. You will literally recognize this cast from absolutely everywhere: TV shows to films, horror classics to contemporary thrillers, and even horror to comedy is covered by this crew. I was impressed by such an ensemble cast for a small film, and had a good time IMDB-ing everyone as I watched. The cast includes Amy Smart (Just Friends, The Single Mom’s Club), Alfie Allen (“Game of Thrones,” John Wick) and Doug Jones (Hellboy, Crimson Peak), and Jack Plotnick (Reno 911!).

Danny Draven
Paul Davis (segment director: The Body)
Ómar Örn Hauksson (segment director: Undying Love)
Dean Hewison (segment director: The Sleeping Plot)
Joel Morgan (segment director: Death Scenes)
Johannes Persson (segment director: Evaded)
Nicholas Peterson (segment director: The Visitant)
Erlingur Thoroddsen (segment director: Banishing)
Rasmus Wassberg (segment director: Evaded)

The major addition to this cast is the starring role, played nicely by Michael Ironside (Scanners, Total Recall). He is a veteran actor and one scary individual. He does a nice job playing the thread that holds the film together. As a long time fan of his, I may have a small bias towards this film. I have a feeling that it is also because many people will be quick to jump all over it. I have to say that I’m guilty of this myself sometimes. I can be very quick to instantly discount an anthology film or found footage film just because I’m sick of the format. This film didn’t feel like your standard anthology film though. This definitely had something to do with the production value, and the quality of the cast. Even though they aren’t huge stars, they are good enough to be convincing in their roles and not annoy the viewer with awful on-screen habits.

The minor issues are there of course. The biggest problem that I had with the film, which will be huge fodder for the naysayers, is the story-line and “twist”. The bottom line is that you’ve probably seen this film before, just under a different title. This does not mean I don’t recommend it; it just means that I can confidently warn you that it won’t change your life. It is a standard horror film that focuses on a mainstream audience; this is the audience that is frightened by loud noises and cliche plot twists. I’m not rushing out to buy it; but, I would watch it again if it came through one of my streaming services.

Author: Steven Paul

Born and raised in Michigan, slowly dying in Florida. I'm here to keep you informed about everything in the world of indie horror. I also specialize in all genres of exploitation, cult, and extreme cinema. As part owner and Editor of Film and Television for Beneath the Underground, it is my responsibility to provide vast amounts of information for the horror fan and an outlet for the filmmaker.

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