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31 Days of Halloween '17 - Day 19 - "Gerald's Game"


Gerald's Game (2017)

I really love this concept. It's no surprising that something so original came from the mind of Stephen King but I can say I'm a tad surprised that King's name isn't more prominent in the advertising. I guess it's because IT hadn't been released yet. I have a feeling we'll be back to "Stephen King's..." branding.

The whole idea of having a lover die on top of you while locked up during a sex game almost sounds like a sexualized Saw. So it makes sense as to why I would enjoy this film. Plus, who doesn't love a good mindfuck? And if you haven't heard of director, Mike Flanagan, I highly suggest you check out... literally his entire filmography. He's fantastic. Unfortunately, this may have been a bit of a misstep for him...

I haven't had a movie intrigue me for so long and then completely blow it in the end. I guess I should add that you need to step away if you actually plan on watching this movie, which I highly recommend. Outside of the final five minutes, I think the movie is fantastic and one of the more interesting horror films from the year.

Okay, let's get to it.

The final few minutes are nothing but long-winded exposition. After a whole movie of pulling off making the story of a woman handcuffed to a bed and in a single room for the majority, it throws all that impressiveness out the window and gives us... a lame horror ending?

I fully acknowledge that the whole grave digger angle may actually end up being alright after a few repeat viewings, but that certainly wasn't what I wanted from a movie like this. I would have preferred the supernatural concept. Damn. I'm not sure of many instances where that would actually be the case. But here we are.

Next Up: Halloweed

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