“Horrifying.” That’s how Stephen King describes the latest adaptation of his work for the screen. No, not the new IT Movie, but Netflix’s Gerald’s Game.
The film is directed by Mike Flanagan, who helmed Oculus and Netflix original horror flick Hush. It joins a long line of projects based on King’s novels, from IT and The Shining to 1408 and Secret Window. Only last week, Netflix released the first season of a new series based on King’s The Mist, exclusively acquired from Spike.
For Flanagan, it’s the latest in a growing line of Netflix projects: after Hush, he has also teamed up with the streaming giant to make a series based on The Haunting of Hill House.
King is certainly a fan of Flanagan’s work, tweeting earlier this year that he had seen a rough cut of Gerald’s Game, calling it “horrifying, hypnotic, terrific”. “It’s gonna freak you out,” he added.
The film stars Carla Gugino, Bruce Greenwood, Kate Siegel and Henry Thomas, with Gugino, Siegel and Thomas all reuniting with Flanagan and Netflix for Hill House. Gugino plays Jessie, who is e trying to spice up her marriage in her remote lake house, only for her husband to die unexpectedly, leaving her handcuffed to their bed frame. Now, she must fight to survive. As visions begin to appear, breaking free will require more than keeping her sanity.
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