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Stephen King’s Gerald’s Game – Review

Stephen King Gerald's Game Review Netflix

It took a quarter of a century but Stephen King’s tale of spicy married life on holiday finally reaches our screens via Netflix. Bringing with it a neat handcuff trick to try at home!

Starring: Carla Gugino, Bruce Greenwood, Henry Thomas, Kate Siegel
Director: Mike Flanagan

Jessie (Gugino) and husband Gerald (Greenwood) travel to their remote summer house to try some bondage lovemaking in an attempt to rejuvenate their relationship. But when viagra-popping Gerald drops dead of a heart attack, she is left handcuffed to the bed. With the hours ticking by and a stray dog beginning to eat her husband’s body, madness sets in and she’s tormented by conversations with Gerald’s spirit, with herself, visions of her troubled childhood, and visits from a tall death-like figure…

The adaptation of Stephen King’s 1992 novel has been in and out of development for 25 years, but while the one-location horror wasn’t considered big enough for a studio theatrical release, it’s perfect for a high-quality Netflix movie.

Director Mike Flanagan has been quickly turning out a string of horrors (Oculus, Hush, Ouija: Origin of Evil) each of which rose above expectations. And so it is here with a satisfying adaptation that captures the spirit of King’s writing. Direction is assured, acting is solid from two industry veterans, and the script streamlines smartly while keeping King’s insightful character work.

Momentum does however sag in the second act, it’s not truly creepy until she tries an escape, and the Crypt Creeper ending from the book only harms authenticity, but together with It this marks a good year for the master of horror.

Grade: B

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