Length: 1 hour 43 minutes
Genres: Horror, Psychological, Thriller
Reading Challenges: A to Z, Book Blog Discussion
While trying to spice up their marriage in their remote lake house, Jessie must fight to survive when her husband dies unexpectedly, leaving her handcuffed to their bed frame.
Directed by Mike Flanagan
Mike Flanagan ... (screenplay by) &
Jeff Howard ... (screenplay by)
Stephen King ... (based on the novel by)
Cast (in credits order) complete, awaiting verification
Carla Gugino ... Jessie Burlingame
Bruce Greenwood ... Gerald Burlingame
Chiara Aurelia ... Young Jessie
Carel Struycken ... Moonlight Man
Henry Thomas ... Tom
Kate Siegel ... Sally
Can you post every day except Sundays during this month? And to up the bar, can you blog thematically from A to Z?
Most of the time if you subtract Sundays from April, you then have 26 days–one day for each letter of the alphabet. When April 1st lands on a Sunday you begin on that day which will be the only Sunday you would post during that month’s challenge.
More info can be found at Blogging from A to Z and the full list of bloggers is here!
- “A” post — April 1, 2018 (No fooling! 😁 )
- After Challenge Survey — May 3, 2018
- Reflections — May 7, 2018
My A to Z Challenge: G for Gerald’s Game
It’s all fun and games until your husband has a heart attack leaving you handcuffed to the bed!
I haven’t read this book for a long time. I’m pretty sure I was 18! So, it’s been a few years. It was a book that stuck with me though, and I mean with the intensity of this plot, of course it would stay in my mind! Plus, I mean, Stephen King does know how to write great characters. So, while I’m almost positive there are some changes, I won’t go into what I think those changes are since I haven’t even glanced at the book in forever!
And, yes, this is another psychological thriller. But the horrificness of this situation is what led me to add it to this list of A to Z Horror!
Fortunately, I remember enjoying this book and I enjoyed the movie. I don’t remember there being such an important influence in her head with her debating self and her hubby. Still, this brought such an important aspect to the movie. It also fully shows the trauma she is aware she’s going through, even if she doesn’t want to fully accept going through it.
It makes sense that they brought in great actors, as technically there are only two characters in this. Acting alone would be difficult enough, but they have to act like they’re a separate part of her conscious. I loved this! I love that she talks to them like they’re really there. And for the most part, they guide her through the trauma. Although her hubby was less of a guide and more of a taunter. That seems like it fit his personal life, so it makes sense that he would taunt her into giving up. But, it also seems like maybe he was taunting her to make her mad enough to figure out how to get out of the handcuffs.
Then there’s the pup. Ohhh, the puppy! If you haven’t read the book, or seen the movie, I’ll say that while the dog does not die, he has a moment in her head that makes her go a little more crazy. Her situation is dire enough, but adding the pup into the mix makes it worse.
While I also don’t remember the ending of the book, I didn’t remember them adding in an explanation to her night visitor. I love how Stephen King can add the paranormal to nearly every story. It’s what makes him HIM. So, the fact that the movie explains this away, is a little disappointing, but also allows those that do not normally read Stephen King to accept her story as it is. Which is completely messed up.
I loved the movie. Even my hubby enjoyed it, and we both went in skeptical as to how it would come out. He had not read the book, but understood the basic premise. We both enjoyed our popcorn and were thoroughly entertained and somehow found ourselves laughing through this horrific story. That’s how great the acting is. Phenomenal.
Is there a book or movie you were skeptical about that wound up being much better than you thought?
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- A to Z
- Book Blog Discussion