10/23/17 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #23 – Gerald’s Game.

This one’s fresh off the presses and boy is it a doozy. Because of all the competition in the streaming universe right now, every service is looking for original content. This, combined with the fact that it’s Halloween season, means we horror fans are treated to a few original gems popping up lately. The blessed Netflix gave us TWO new Stephen King adaptations. Although today, I’m only talking about Gerald’s Game — a film that is a perfect fit for watching in the Netflix home viewing environment. Gerald’s Game is about a couple that travels to their isolated lake house for a weekend sex romp in order to spice up their marriage. Gerald likes it rough and handcuffs his wife Jessie to the bed. But dammit, as luck would have it, poor Gerald has a major heart attack and dies. This leaves poor Jessie handcuffed to the bed and isolated with no clue how to escape. It seems like a simple premise, and you’re probably curious how they get an entire film out of it, but holy hell do they make it work. I’ve had this book ever since it came out, and truth be told, I never actually finished it. That happens to me sometimes because I read so damn slow. But in a way, I’m kind of glad I didn’t finish this one because the last half of this film surprised the hell out of me. Gerald’s Game is so disturbingly effective that I want to shout from the heavens for it to find a larger audience. It starts so subtly with Jessie’s basic survival reactions then builds so intelligently using her fractured state of mind, mixed with visions and flashbacks. I was already a big fan of director Mike Flanagan (I’ve put both his Oculus and Ouija: Origin of Evil on previous lists), but I think he knocked it out of the park with this one. The acting combo of the always-remarkable Carla Cugino and never-fails Bruce Greenwood are a one-two punch of greatness. Plus, a few more fan favorites pop up as well. It’s full of suspense, contains scenes that will disturb you for days, make you look at your dog a little differently, and contains one scene in particular that might be one of the most graphically violent and disgusting scenes I’ve seen all year. Prepare yourself. A few moments are not for the weak of heart. But dammit, this is a good one folks. Watch it and spread the word. A tip of the cap to you, Netflix. Thank you.

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