The horror remake ''Patrick: Evil Awakens'' got a hand from Quentin Tarantino

By Clark Collis
March 21, 2014 at 04:00 AM EDT

When Down Under-based producer Antony I. Ginnane applied to funding body Screen Australia for money to remake the 1978 Ozploitation horror movie Patrick, he enclosed a missive from the film’s most famous fan: Quentin Tarantino. “It was a tongue-in-cheek letter,” says Ginnane, who also produced the original film about a coma patient with telekinetic powers, which comes out on DVD and Blu-ray March 25. “It threatened them with mayhem if they didn’t invest. I’m sure that was a factor in their deciding to go with it.” The new Patrick: Evil Awakens stars Charles Dance, Rachel Griffiths, and You’re Next actress Sharni Vinson and can currently be seen on VOD. Meanwhile, Ginnane is busy overseeing postproduction on the remake of another of his films — and another Tarantino fave — 1982’s people-hunting-people sci-fi movie Turkey Shoot. (It was released in the U.S. as Escape 2000.) “It’s essentially American Idol with a body count,” says Ginnane of the revamp, which stars Dominic Purcell (Prison Break) and Robert Taylor (Longmire). The concept, we must admit, sounds familiar. “You can’t do anything with this sort of genre anymore without people referencing The Hunger Games,” says Ginnane. “But we predated them.”