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Why 2017 was the year of Stephen King on screen

Ryan Lambie Dec 8, 2017

As The Dark Tower heads to disc, we take a look back at a screen year that's been big for Stephen King adaptations...

In the late 60s and early 1970s, a new generation of horror storytellers brought the genre out of the past and into the troubled, turbulent present. In cinemas, such directors as George A Romero, Tobe Hooper and David Cronenberg ushered in a new age of modern, fleshier horror, where the images were disturbing and the capes and castles of old Dracula and Frankenstein movies were entirely absent.

Over in the literary world, such writers as Ira Levin (Rosemary's Baby) and William Peter Batty (The Exorcist) were injecting creating a similarly seismic impact, sparking a pulp horror boom that would last until well into the 1980s. Few authors, however, have enjoyed the fame or the sheer longevity of Stephen King. Still in his 20s when his first novel,
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The 13 Best New Indie Horror Movies in 2017

The 13 Best New Indie Horror Movies in 2017
Halloween always provides a good excuse to celebrate scary movies, but as anyone keen on the genre knows, it’s never really a bad time to do that. That’s especially been true this year, long before “It” broke box office records. Just a few months into 2017 and it was already a banner year for genre films, with “Get Out” becoming a cultural phenomenon, new horror festivals generating headlines, and other promising developments that send a positive message to genre fans. While the industry worries about the future of moviegoing and the quality of the art form in a blockbuster-dominated era, horror fans have nothing to worry about — the genre is secure, but only if you know where to look.

Keeping up our annual tradition, here’s an overview of 13 of the very best horror indies produced over the last 12 months, all of which are available to rent, on streaming platforms or in theaters.
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Netflix Tricked Their Employees Into Watching That Gory Gerald's Game Scene

If you've yet to sit down and watch Gerald's Game, may I just congratulate you on living your best life? Because after sitting through Netflix's horrifying adaptation of the Stephen King novel, I might never sleep again. It's safe to say neither will Netflix's employees, since the streaming network surprised a handful of them with a screening of the movie's most infamous moment: the "hand scene," also known as the "degloving scene." It all goes down when the horror film's heroine, Jessie (Carla Gugino) - a woman whose husband (Bruce Greenwood) unexpectedly dies after handcuffing her to the bed in an effort to spice up their marriage, leaving her trapped in their remote lake house - decides the only way out of her cuffs is through drastic, gory action. No matter what you call the scene, there's no doubt it will leave you "shaking and sweating," like the unsuspecting (and brave Af) Netflix employees above.
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Um, Gerald's Game Is Super F*cked Up, and You Need to Watch It Right Now

Note: this review is (relatively) spoiler-free, so dig in! At the end of September, Netflix released the last of the month's new slate. Among the additions was an original film from the streaming site called Gerald's Game, based on Stephen King's 1992 novel of the same name. The adaptation promised a pretty straightforward plot: Man and woman go to woods to save their marriage. Man handcuffs woman to bed for kinky sex times. Man dies of heart attack. Madness ensues. You might be asking yourself how a woman chained to a bed makes for a compelling horror movie, but I'm hoping I can adequately peel back the layers and show you that the movie goes way beyond that seemingly basic premise. RelatedOnly People With Nerves of Steel Will Be Able to Watch Every Horror Movie on This List 1. It's a Simple Concept That's Well-Executed As I already mentioned, the story itself is pretty basic.
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Gerald’s Game director addresses criticism of the ending

Released onto Netflix this past month, director Mike Flanagan’s adaptation of the 1992 Stephen King novel Gerald’s Game has been earning rave reviews [read ours here], although one particular aspect of the film has been dividing audiences.

As with the book, the film – which stars Carla Gugino and Bruce Greenwood – ends with an extended (and somewhat clunky) coda which has been attracting criticism from some viewers, but as Flanagan reveals to Bloody Disgusting, he wanted to remain faithful to King’s source material.

“It was something when I read the book that I loved. I know it was polarizing with fans of the book, so the people that hated that epilogue in the book are going to hate it in the movie. I fully expect that [the epilogue is] going to be the lightning rod for people to be like ‘Oh I was so into it and then (groans) that ending.’ But that’s what happened in the book.
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Gerald’s Game Review [Fantastic Fest 2017]

As 2017 gifts us yet another cinematic Stephen King adaptation, Mike Flanagan positions himself on the right side of history with Gerald’s Game. My earlier review of Andy Muschietti’s It crowned the film as the best King adaptation of this very year, and while Pennywise still claims that throne, Flanagan’s psychological tormentor still deserves its own positive buzz-about. Those who’ve read King’s words will enjoy a respectable transition to screen, but Netflix users going in blind are in for a more twisted discovery. Flanagan’s manipulation of reality is told from a perspective that indulges in tragic cabin-fever bewilderment; enough gory surprises to get a bubbly rise amidst one woman’s kinky night gone horribly awry.

Carla Gugino stars as Jessie Burlingame, wife of Gerald Burlingame (Bruce Greenwood). Their marriage appears strong on the surface, but it becomes apparent that boredom has set in. Gerald has
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‘Gerald’s Game’ Review

Stars: Carla Gugino, Bruce Greenwood, Henry Thomas, Carel Struycken, Kate Siegel, Chiara Aurelia, Gwendolyn Mulamba | Written by Jeff Howard | Directed by Mike Flanagan

Mike Flanagan has been on a pretty successful run when it comes to horrors. With Absentia, Oculus, Hush and Ouija: Origin of Evil, it is fair to say he has brought us well made horror that actually delivers. Now that Gerald’s Game has arrived on Netflix, can he continue his success.

Gerald’s Game is the story of Jessie Birlingame (Carla Gugino) who agrees to go on a retreat with her husband Gerald (Bruce Greenwood) to find the spark in her marriage. Letting him handcuff her to the bed to spice up their love life, things go horribly wrong when he dies of a heart attack, leaving Jessie trapped with her own mental demons, along with what lurks in the shadows of the seemingly empty house.
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Movie Review – Gerald’s Game (2017)

Gerald’s Game, 2017.

Directed by Mike Flanagan.

Starring Carla Gugino, Bruce Greenwood, Chiara Aurelia, Henry Thomas, Kate Siegel, and Carel Struycken.


A middle-aged couple’s weekend away to solve their marital issues is brought to a startling halt when, during a sex game, the husband has a heart attack, leaving his wife handcuffed to a bed with nothing but her dead husband and a hungry dog to keep her company.

After the critical and financial disaster of The Dark Tower, the reasonable success of the TV adaptation of The Mist and It officially becoming the highest grossing horror movie of all time this week, 2017’s obsession with Stephen King adaptations doesn’t look set to stop anytime soon, with Netflix now throwing their hat into the ring with an adaptation of Gerald’s Game.

Of all the King novels that have been adapted this year, Gerald’s Game is perhaps the least known.
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Fantastic Fest 2017 Reviews: Gerald’S Game and 1922

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It’s been a very strong year for Stephen King adaptations (well, adaptations not named The Dark Tower), with the release of Andy Muschietti’s It and several new TV series, too. Now we’ve got two other stellar projects making their way to Netflix, Gerald’s Game from Mike Flanagan (Ouija: Origin of Evil, Oculus, Hush) and 1922 from genre newcomer Zak Hilditch. This dynamic duo of Netflix films recently screened at the 2017 Fantastic Fest in Austin, and I'd like to share my thoughts on these two wildly different films that were both equally compelling and entertaining viewing experiences all the same.

Gerald's Game: With Gerald’s Game, Flanagan has nearly done the unimaginable by somehow finding a way to translate a story that is mostly internally driven by its protagonist, and bring it to life visually in a way that’s still in line with King’s material,
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Film Review: ‘Gerald’s Game’

Film Review: ‘Gerald’s Game’
The Year of Stephen King continues apace with the arrival of “Gerald’s Game,” one of two Netflix-produced King adaptations (along with “1922”) unveiled last weekend at Austin’s genre-skewing Fantastic Fest. But here’s the rub: It’s entirely possible that this particular adaptation may be best appreciated — or, to paraphrase the late George Michael, viewed without prejudice — by people who have never read King’s 1992 bestseller of the same title.

Writer-director Mike Flanagan (“Ouija: Origin of Evil”) and co-writer Jeff Howard have proficiently streamlined and simplified a novel that, according to the production notes, even Flanagan once considered “unfilmable.” But the end result of their reimagining might very well produce more complaints than usual from disapproving King fans that, really, the book was a lot better.

To be fair, the movie tends to adhere quite effectively to the bare bones of King’s original plot. At a secluded lake house — the kind of place where no
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‘Gerald’s Game’: Stephen King Adaptation Is A Symphony Of Suspense & Scares [Review]

Stephen King knows what idle thoughts spiral into nightmares and lurch out of the darkness to terrorize when you’re alone. This skill, and its visceral scares are made manifest in Mike Flanagan‘s sensational adaptation of “Gerald’s Game.”

Based on King’s 1992 suspense novel, the film stars Bruce Greenwood and Carla Gugino as Gerald and Jessie Burlingame, a married couple trying to reignite their relationship with a weekend away at a remote lake house.

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‘Gerald’s Game’ Review: Kinky Sex Goes Wrong, but It’s Stephen King Done Right

‘Gerald’s Game’ Review: Kinky Sex Goes Wrong, but It’s Stephen King Done Right
“It” and “The Dark Tower” have the highest profiles in a year of Stephen King adaptations, but “Gerald’s Game” best demonstrates the paradoxical nature of bringing his work to the screen. The master of pulpy horror tends to go long on prose, burrowing so deep inside his characters’ psyches that the stories often lose their way. That storytelling gamble is perfectly illustrated by “Gerald’s Game,” in which a woman’s chained to a bed in a kinky sex game gone wrong, wandering the contours of her own mind. How do you make a movie out of that? Director Mike Flanagan figured it out.

It takes a specific kind of filmmaker to tackle the challenges of a single-set survival movie, whether it’s Danny Boyle in a canyon (“127 Hours”) or Rodrigo Cortés inside a coffin (“Buried”), but the closest cinematic comparison to “Gerald’s Game” is James Wan’s “Saw,
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[Review] ‘Gerald’s Game’ Hits ‘Misery’ Levels of Cringe-worthy Tension

[Review] ‘Gerald’s Game’ Hits ‘Misery’ Levels of Cringe-worthy Tension
Out of the several Stephen King adaptations released this year, Netflix’s Gerald’s Game may feel the smallest. Directed by genre maven Mike Flanagan (Oculus, Ouija: Origin of Evil, Hush), the film begins when Jessie and Gerald Burlingame, played by Carla Gugino and Bruce Greenwood, respectively, head to a remote lake house in hopes of rekindling […]
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First poster for Stephen King adaptation Gerald’s Game

Stephen King has taken to Twitter to share the poster for Mike Flanagan’s upcoming adaptation of the author’s 1992 novel Gerald’s Game featuring Carla Gugino and Bruce Greenwood; take a look at the poster here…

See Also: Watch the trailer for Gerald’s Game here

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.

Gerald’s Game arrives on Netflix on September 29th.
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Carla Gugino: "Gerald's Game"

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Sneak Peek footage, plus images from director Mike Flanagan's suspense thriller "Gerald's Game", starring Carla Gugino ("Watchmen") and Bruce Greenwood ("Star Trek Into Darkness"), airing on Netflix September 29, 2017:

"...'Jessie Burlingame' and her husband 'Gerald' are in the bedroom of their secluded cabin in western Maine, where they have gone for an off-beat romantic day off. Gerald, a successful lawyer with an aggressive personality, has been able to reinvigorate the couple's sex life by handcuffing Jessie to the bed.

"Jessie has been into the game before, but suddenly balks. She kicks Gerald in the stomach, he falls from the bed to the floor, cracks his head, has a heart attack, and quickly dies. Now Jessie is alone in the cabin, unable to move off the bed, or to summon help...before the voices in her head suddenly take over..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Gerald's Game
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Official Poster for Gerald’S Game Tugs on the Wrists

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Following up the visceral intensity of Hush and the creepy scares of Ouija: Origin of Evil is no easy task, but Mike Flanagan looks to do just that with his adaptation of Stephen King's Gerald's Game (which, as readers know, is not one of the easiest King stories to adapt for the screen). With the movie premiering on Netflix later this month, the official one-sheet for Gerald's Game has now been revealed... and may have you stretching your arms and rubbing your wrists.

The poster was revealed by Stephen King and Mike Flanagan on Twitter. Directed by Flanagan from a screenplay he wrote with Jeff Howard (based on Stephen King's 1992 novel), Gerald's Game stars Carla Gugino, Bruce Greenwood, and Chiara Aurelia. Gerald's Game will premiere on Netflix beginning September 29th.

When I spoke with producer Trevor Macy earlier this year, he talked about how the film is a "faithful adaptation,
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Gerald’S Game (2017) Movie Trailer: Carla Gugino & Bruce Greenwood Star in Stephen King Adaptation

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Gerald’s Game Trailer Mike Flanagan‘s Gerald’s Game (2017) movie trailer stars Carla Gugino, Henry Thomas, Bruce Greenwood, Carel Struycken, and Kate Siegel. Gerald’s Game‘s plot synopsis: based on the book by Stephen King, “Gerald’s Game follows Gerald and Jessie Burlingame, who have gone to their summer home [...]

Continue reading: Gerald’S Game (2017) Movie Trailer: Carla Gugino & Bruce Greenwood Star in Stephen King Adaptation
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Gerald's Game Trailer Brings the Stephen King Classic to Netflix

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Gerald's Game Trailer Brings the Stephen King Classic to Netflix
Netflix has released the first trailer and photo for Gerald's Game, a highly-anticipated adaptation of the 1992 Stephen King novel. With the September 29 premiere just a few weeks away, it remains to be seen how much more footage will be unveiled in the next few weeks, but this adaptation seems to keep this new renaissance of Stephen King's work going, following the high-profile adaptations of The Dark Tower and It, the later of which hits theaters this weekend. While we'll have to wait and see how fans react to this thriller, it certainly seems to capture the creepy spirit of the novel.

The story centers on Gerald (Bruce Greenwood) and Jessie Burlingame as they head to their summer home on a warm weekday in October for a romantic interlude that involves adult games. After being handcuffed to her bedposts, Jessie tires of her husband's games and things take an unexpectedly tragic turn.
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‘Gerald’s Game’ Trailer: Kinky Sex Goes Horribly Wrong for Carla Gugino

If you haven’t had your fill yet of Stephen King adaptations from The Dark Tower and It, you’ve got another one headed your way at the end of the month. Netflix has released the Gerald’s Game trailer. Based on King’s 1992 novel, the story follows Jessie (Carla Gugino), who goes to a secluded cabin with her husband Gerald (Bruce Greenwood). To spice up their sex life, they try a little bondage where Jessie is handcuffed to the bed. However, Gerald has a heart attack and dies while Jessie is still handcuffed, and she must figure out …
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First Trailer for Stephen King Adaptation of 'Gerald's Game' for Netflix

"Is this really what it takes these days?" Netflix has revealed the first official trailer for Mike Flanagan's Gerald's Game, an adaption of Stephen King's novel of the same name. Another Stephen King adaptation this year?! Sure, why not. That makes three so far - between this film, It, and The Dark Tower. Unless I'm missing another one? Gerald's Game stars Carla Gugino as Jessie Burlingame, and Bruce Greenwood as her husband. The two travel out to their lake house to spice up their marriage, and for some fun in the bedroom she's handcuffed to the bed. When he suddenly dies, she must figure out a way to get out in order to survive. Sounds freaky, doesn't it? As a Stephen King story, there's obviously a bit more to it. Take a look. Here's the first official trailer for Mike Flanagan's Gerald's Game, direct from Netflix's YouTube:
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