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DVD of the Day #56 - The Final Patient

This was an odd little independent horror/sci-fi film that had some great ideas but it never got off the ground and ended up being a mess towards the end with nothing every really explained.

The movie starts off with some kids playing around an old tractor when the tractor falls off its blocks, crushing one of the childrens’ legs pretty badly. They call for help and the owner of the farm, an old 75 year old africian american doctor comes out…and lifts the tractor up by one hand, saving the boy.

At the same time, two graduates from Medical School who just completed their residency come into town. They over here the sheriff and other towns folk talking about this strange occurance at the bar, and the two decide to go check out where the old man lives. One of the boys wants to do this because he smells money involved while the other grew up in this town and the old doctor was what inspired him to become a doctor himself. The two end up striking up a friendship with the old man as he remembered the one from his younger years and he invites them back for a chili dinner, which both accept.

Now during all this we get flashes of the old doctor’s wife who appears to be bat shit insane. Later on we learn that she’s got alzheimers and a few medical conditions, but with these bits that ciut away with here, while never showing her face, we are led to think she is hideously deformed and perhaps melting in the facial region. Neither are true.

At dinner the old doctor reveals his secret - an ancient formula he found as a young man that is made from diamondback venom which does not kill him, but instead greatly prolongs his life and gives him superhuman strength and speed. So it’s like the Super Solider Serum I suppose. Now the doctor tells his story and the greedy young man doesn’t believe him so the old doctor challenges him to an arm wrestling match and kicks his butt. They begin to talk some more and here and there the old doctor seems to get a nosebleed and sometimes even bleeds from the mouth. We never get a resolution about this. It’s just thrown in.

Then the power goes out thanks to a storm and the old doctor falls asleep. While asleep the greedy young man decides to go searching for the secrets of the old man’s power while the good young man wants to call an ambulence becauise he thinks his inspiration is sick or dying. The greedy young man goes upstairs while tyhe good young man checks on the doctor. Then the crazy old wife of the doctor comes out wielding snakes and sics them on the good kid, killing him with their venom. Then she goes upstairs and torments the greedy kid with thing slike stabbing him in the face. Then she goes to the basement, destroys the doctor’s lab equipment, set the snakes free and sets the house on fire. The greedy young man is merely injured so he tries to escape. There in the kitchen he meets the doctor, but the wife in her crazy rage assualts her husband and they die in the fire together, along with the secret of the fomula as the young man erscapes with injuries and burns, but his life intact. The movie then ends with the derranged lady under the greedy young man’s hospital bed with a knife.

What the fuck, right? I don’t get it either. Also, her face was just fine. Just old and pox-marked.

There were a ton of loose ends and plot threads that were brought up and never resolved. The acting was actually decent, and the idea of a kindlyold doctor with a mysterious secret was cute, but then it just goes into “ALZHEIMER PSYCHOTIC RAGE” for the end, which was just stupid and ruined the movie for me. Still, as an indie horror/sci-fi/drama mash up, it wasn’t awful. It was just unable to live up to its potential/

Is It Worth Keeping? No. The old doctor was an excellent actor though.
Rating: 4/10

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