Sunday, October 1, 2017


For my Sunday evening viewing I decided to check out the new Netflix original movie GERALD'S GAME, an adaptation of the 1992 Stephen King novel. Directed by Mike Flanagan, the film has a deceptively simple premise: a woman and her somewhat older husband (played by Carla Gugino and Bruce Greenwood respectively) take off for a retreat at their isolated holiday home, where they hope to work on their relationship and spice up their sex life a little. Unfortunately, not long after arriving, the husband handcuffs his wife to the bed, pops a Viagra, and attempts to act out his secret rape fantasy, only to keel over from a heart attack and die. Left alone, tied to the bed and with no phone or handcuff key within reach, and no hope of anyone stopping by for days, the wife’s mind starts to defragment in a wave of hallucinations and haunting flashbacks, while also having to deal with a hungry wild dog who makes periodical visits to chew on the remains of her husband (while the wife has to watch on, knowing she will be next unless she finds a way out of her predicament).
Good performances and a nice atmosphere of claustrophobia and mounting dread, along with a few moments that really made me squirm and cringe, make this a pretty decent adaptation that should please King devotees.