Day 4 (Alex): Gerald's Game

Imagine if you were chained to a bed inside a desolate cabin with a dead body, and nothing but your own demons to haunt you. Well, that and wild animals whose hunger is drawn to the stench of the body rotting on the floor. That, my friends, is a horror story worth exploring. 

Today's film is my one personal pick for this year's marathon. There were dozens to choose from my own list, but as soon I heard Mike Flanagan (Hush, Oculus) directed this film based on Stephen King's book, AND it was premiering on Netflix this month, I had to work it in. 

I bought the book when it hit the shelves back in 1994, and read it in one fell sweep. Way before Fifty Shades of Grey, King delved into the world of BDSM, but instead of all the sappy, erotic mess, he wrote a raw story about a woman facing her own demons. The result is a beautiful tale of redemption, loss, and struggles of a woman living in a man's world. 

Now on to the film adaptation. Bottom line? I'm blown away and impressed with Flanagan's ability to bring this story into a visual medium. Shot in Fairhope, Alabama, Flanagan brought great pacing to the story. With remarkable performances from the two leads, Carla Gugino (Watchmen) and Bruce Greenwood (Star Trek), Flanagan managed to avoid bogging the story down with excess, keeping us grounded and invested in Gugino's character, Jessie, and her struggles.

If you're looking for something to watch, I highly recommend Gerald's Game. This film joins Stephen King's IT and Baby Driver onto my top ten list of 2017. 

My rating? 7 bits out of 8.