Review of "The 11th Patient” by The Headless Critic
The 11th Patient – 2018
Production by: Little Guy Entertainment
Distribution by: Uncork’d Entertainment
In a surreal reality of nightmares, a young teenage boy Steven (Steven Cole) finds himself hiding from a world full of monsters. Emerged from underwater Steven awakes in a wooden room where he must navigate, crawling through an underground tunnel, chased by a masked killer. When he finally gets out he finds himself in a field with a scarecrow killer after him. Retreating to the woods he’s chased by a masked tree monster. It’s a nightmare game of life and death he may never escape from but all is not what it appears in this young boys living nightmare.
A silent film for the first half of the movie, only two words are spoken in the first hour of the eighty minute runtime. Excellent sets, lighting, cinematography and score successfully build suspense in what is a surprisingly enthralling modern day silent horror feature. The trio of masked terrors threatens a realistic young boy trying to survive in a mostly undefined mysterious world.
Derek Cole shows his eye for sets and cinematography in the director’s chair of only his third feature. A large opportunity is missed in the editing room to make this a deeper mystery by keeping everything set in the garage as a big reveal at the end instead of showing glimpses of it throughout the movie. The garage office finale is an awful set that's overlit and suffers from audio issues. With better audio in the final act, preferably a better title and editing the film where Steven's reality is a mystery, this little four thousand dollar movie had potential to be one of my top 20 horror films of the year. As it is I’m still quite impressed by what the Cole family accomplished on such a budget.
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3 out of 5 Headless Critics