Netflix is on a roll! Hot off their recent horror successes with Stranger Things and CastleVania comes their latest chiller, Gerald’s Game. The film is directed and edited by Mike Flanagan and based on the 1992 Stephen King novel of the same name. You definitely know Mike from his outstanding work on Oculus, Hush, Absentia, and Before I Wake.
The synopsis for Gerald’s Game:
Once again, Jessie Burlingame has been talked into submitting to her husband Gerald’s kinky sex games— something that she’s frankly had enough of, and they never held much charm for her to begin with. So much for a “romantic getaway” at their secluded summer home.
After Jessie is handcuffed to the bedposts — and Gerald crosses a line with his wife — the day ends with deadly consequences. Now Jessie is utterly trapped in an isolated lakeside house that has become her prison — and comes face-to-face with her deepest, darkest fears and memories.
Her only company is that of the various voices filling her mind… as well as the shadows of nightfall that may conceal an imagined or very real threat right there with her…
Gerald’s Game stars Bruce Greenwood (Below, Super 8, Star Trek 2009) in the title role and the incomparable Carla Gugino (Watchmen, Sin City, Sucker Punch) as Jessie. Henry Thomas (yes, THAT Henry Thomas from E.T.) and Kate Siegel (Oculus, Ouija: Origin of Evil) also star.
Apparently, Stephen King saw a rough cut of the film back in February and raved about it. He Tweeted…
That sounds encouraging! Flanagan, for his part, sounds truly excited about the film.
“Gerald’s Game has been my dream project for nearly 20 years,” Flanagan said. “As a lifelong fan of Stephen King, it is a true honor to be trusted with this amazing material. I am deeply grateful to my longtime partner, Trevor Macy, and to my new partners at Netflix, for making this dream project a reality. This is one of the reasons I wanted to make movies in the first place.”
Trevor Macy and Mike Flanagan collaborated previously on Oculus, Before I Wake, Hush, and Ouija: Origin of Evil.
A horrifying story and an up-and-coming horror director with a powerhouse cast. What more could you want? A release date! Unfortunately, we don’t have one other than “later this year.” That said, we’re running out of 2017 at this point, so I imagine it won’t be much longer. Stay tuned!
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