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Gerald's Game (2017)

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While trying to spice up their marriage in their remote lake house, Jessie must fight to survive when her husband dies unexpectedly, leaving her handcuffed to their bed frame.

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When a harmless game between a married couple in a remote retreat suddenly becomes a harrowing fight for survival, wife Jessie must confront long-buried demons within her own mind - and possibly lurking in the shadows of her seemingly empty house. Written by Intrepid Pictures

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This is the second collaboration between Henry Thomas and Mike Flanagan since Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016). See more »

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When Tom is talking to a young Jessie on the shore of the lake, the sun is at 12 o'clock directly behind his back. However, the shadows place the sun at 9 o'clock on his left. See more »

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Jessie Burlingame: Just uncuff me and we can talk.
Gerald Burlingame: What if I won't?
Jessie Burlingame: What do you mean?
Gerald Burlingame: What if I won't?
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References Twin Peaks: Episode #2.1 (1990) See more »

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DARLING I NEED YOUR LOVE
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Impressive adaptation of King novel released 25 years ago
22 October 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

STAR RATING: ***** Saturday Night **** Friday Night *** Friday Morning ** Sunday Night * Monday Morning

Gerald (Bruce Greenwood) and Jessie Burlingame (Carla Gugino) are a married couple who decide to make a weekend getaway to connect with each other on a more intimate and physical level. To further ensure this, Gerald brings along two pairs of handcuffs, which he intends to and does use on Jessie on the bed. Initially comfortable going along with it, Jessie becomes despondent just as Gerald gets aroused. But when he suffers a fatal heart attack, Jessie finds herself stranded, tied to the bed with seemingly no way out, at the mercy of external forces, including the sinister 'Moonlight Man' (Carel Struycker), that threaten to tear her apart.

A Stephen King adaptation is always more likely to appeal to me if I've read the book, or the short story excerpt, before hand. Although it's almost certain to be nowhere near as good, there's just something more intriguing and compelling to want to see someone else's interpretation of the novel you have read and had your own conjuring of, to see how closely it matches the presentation that has made it to the screen. Gerald's Game was written by King twenty five years ago in 1992. I read it in about 2001, over fifteen years ago, and at the time would have been dying to see a film version of it. But all the same, in the present day, this has emerged and I still was excited to see it. And, thankfully, writer/director Mike Flanagan's film is no disappointment.

The perversely inspired and intriguing concept, that really could only have come from King's twistedly brilliant mind, has as much effect on screen as it does in the novel, and Flanagan creates a wonderfully isolated, eerie atmosphere that suits the mood perfectly. In Jessie's predicament, loud, brash jump scares that permeate so much of what passes for modern horror, are redundant, and so wisely the emphasis is on the psychological, as Jessie lies helpless and goes insane, driven mad by hallucinations of Gerald speaking from beyond the grave, and of herself, as her repressed childhood traumas come to the surface and take effect. Inspired casting also does a great job of keeping things on the level, and all the main cast (who are pretty much all of it!) fit their roles fine and perform perfectly.

It's a pleasingly faithful version of King's novel, which I can still remember all these years later, and while I wasn't as excited to see it as I was then, it's no bad thing to wait for something so masterful. ****


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