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With: Carla Gugino, Bruce Greenwood, Chiara Aurelia, Carel Struycken, Henry Thomas, Kate Siegel, Adalyn Jones, Bryce Harper, Gwendolyn Mulamba
Written by: Mike Flanagan, Jeff Howard, based on a novel by Stephen King
Directed by: Mike Flanagan
MPAA Rating: NR
Running Time: 103
Date: 09/29/2017
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Gerald's Game (2017)

3 Stars (out of 4)

Death Bed

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Aside from his theatrical releases, the excellent Oculus, and the surprisingly good sequel Ouija: Origin of Evil, Mike Flanagan (Hush, Before I Wake, and other projects) is the king of Netflix horror. His Gerald's Game is surely one of the best Stephen King adaptations of recent years. Set almost entirely inside a bedroom, it echoes Misery (1990), but tells its own incredible story, with its own psychologically powerful twists. Jessie (Carla Gugino) and her husband Gerald (Bruce Greenwood) head to a remote lake house for a weekend of sex, but just as Gerald begins to get uncomfortably kinky, he dies of a heart attack, leaving Jessie cuffed to the bed. A stray dog comes into the picture (shades of Cujo), and she begins speaking to apparitions of herself and her husband, and experiencing memories of her childhood that somehow pertain to her current situation. Worse, she begins to see a monster, a tall thing carrying a box of bones, in the dark corner. Many horror movies drop the ball before the end, but Flanagan sees this one out to a logical, humanistic, and satisfying conclusion.

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