Sunday, October 6, 2019

Spook Out! Day 6 ~ Gerald's Game (2017)

Netflix Says...
"When her husband's sex game goes wrong, Jessie -- handcuffed to a bed in a remote lake house -- faces warped visions, dark secrets and a dire choice."

I Say...
^That about sums it up.

Horror Type...
Psychological Horror

Main Players...
Carla Gugino as Jessie Burlingame (Reluctant Wife)
Bruce Greenwood as Gerald Burlingame (Let's-Spice-Up-Our-Marriage-with-Handcuffs!)
Chiara Aurelia as Young Jessie (Survivor)

I liked...
  • how Carla Gugino carried this movie--brava, lady!
  • the way it depicts how our minds contain a lot more information that will help us out than we know
  • the teensy bit of the supernatural sprinkled in, in the form of "The Moonlight Man"
  • good suspense, satisfying resolution
  • Roach, who played the feral dog Prince (who's a good doggie, isn't he? yes, he is! yes, he is!)

The Meh...
  • the movie told us Gerald was kind of a jerk but didn't really show us--I saw a somewhat arrogant, condescending husband, but not a villainous one
  • some of the practical effects could've been better
  • Jessie seemed to devolve into a hot mess faster than I thought likely (not that I want to put it to the test myself, thanks)
  • toward the end there was a huge info-dump, more telling and not showing, that I thought was a missed dramatic opportunity

Would I recommend it...?
I think folks who don't like darker horror flicks would be able to enjoy Gerald's Game, but I find it unlikely to impress a serious horror devotee. I mean, I think it's a good film, just not the most intense horror movie.

Gerald's Game is based on the Stephen King novel of the same title.

My Grade: B
Rotten Tomatoes Scores: Tomatometer=91%, Audience Score=72% 

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