Misery (1990) Poster



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Went the Day Well? (1942)
Mrs Collins axe scene
King of the Rocket Men (1949)
Anne talks about going to the chapter play serials at the movies.
The Collector (1965)
Barry Lyndon (1975)
VHS visible in the general store display
Family Feud (1976) (TV Series)
Roots (1977) (TV Mini-Series)
Video seen in display in the General Store, which also contains a scene where the main character is "hobbled"
Say Anything... (1989)
The "manuscript" that was burned in the BBQ pit was a critic's review of this movie.
When Harry Met Sally... (1989)
VHS visible in the general store display.

Referenced in 

Siskel & Ebert: Oscar Nomination Surprises for 1990 (1991) (TV Episode)
Siskel and Ebert mention many of the year's Oscar-nominated movies, including this one.
The Art of Dying (1991)
In a scene shot at Grauman's Chinese Theatre, the movie prominently shown on the marquee is "Misery"
Zombie Cop (1991)
Who's the Boss?: Misery (1991) (TV Episode)
title reference
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Teenagers from Outer Space (1992) (TV Episode)
"This is like Misery" during car crash on mountain road
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Indestructible Man (1992) (TV Episode)
Tom (as Annie Wilkes): "How'd they get off the cock-a-doodie cliff?!"
Rock and Roll Fantasy (1992)
Mentioned in dialogue
Martin: I'm Not Your Superwoman (1993) (TV Episode)
Martin says that Gina is trying to choke him like the lady in this movie when she tries to take his temperature
The Dark Half (1993)
The protagonist, an author, is kidnapped and forced to write a book he doesn't want to write. Also, Thad strikes George with a typewriter, just as Paul defends himself against Annie in "Misery."
Serial Mom (1994)
Video case is shown in a video store.
Friends: The One After the Superbowl: Part 1 (1996) (TV Episode)
When Monica asks Chandler about Joey's stalker, he says, "well, you remember 'Kathy Bates' in Misery? Well, she looks the exact opposite of that."
Beautiful Girls (1996)
At the reunion Tracy tells Gina that she looks like Kathy Bates in Misery.
The Nanny: The Rosie Show (1996) (TV Episode)
Val says that she loved Rosie in Misery with James Caan.
The Tony Danza Show: The Milk Run (1997) (TV Episode)
V.I.P.: K-Val (1999) (TV Episode)
Val mentions the film.
Spaced: Gatherings (1999) (TV Episode)
The music played when Daisy starts working on her typewriter.
Audition (1999)
the final reel has a girl removing her victims feet so he can't escape. this was in the original novel, but changed in the film version.
The Simpsons: Guess Who's Coming to Criticize Dinner? (1999) (TV Episode)
Homer has to use a typewriter with a missing "e".
Living Hell (2000)
Gilmore Girls: Star-Crossed Lovers and Other Strangers (2001) (TV Episode)
Lorelai thinks her mother becoming Kathy Bates when she sees many figurines on a side table at her Emily's house
The King of Queens: Papa Pill (2001) (TV Episode)
Arthur, "You had to hobble me, like that fat broad in Misery."
Gilmore Girls: Red Light on the Wedding Night (2001) (TV Episode)
Luke says that marriage isn't as bad as hobbling. This is the 2nd reference to this film, the first comes up in Season 1.
Code of Conduct (2001) (Video)
About Schmidt (2002)
Scene of Nicolson in bedroom with Bates meant to echo earlier film,
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Showtime (2003) (TV Episode)
Buffy to Andrew: "Did you ever see the movie Misery?"
Dreamcatcher (2003)
A car crash in the snow.
The Simpsons: Dude, Where's My Ranch? (2003) (TV Episode)
Moe asks David Byrne if he's seen this film.
The 100 Greatest Scary Moments (2003) (TV Movie)
Makes the countdown and is talked about.
Red Riding Hood (2003)
Jenny tells her grandmother she'll have her watch Misery.
Riding the Bullet (2004)
Nurse Annie Wilkes is named after the main character from this other Stephen King-based work.
The Incredibles (2004)
Incrediboy saying, "I'm you're number one fan."
My Life in Film: The Shining (2004) (TV Episode)
Art thinks about writing very similar story...
Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2005)
Character Joe references plot from the movie Misery
Jeopardy!: Episode #22.5 (2005) (TV Episode)
correct response in "My Fear Lady" category
Pastewka: Die Preisverleihung (2005) (TV Episode)
Pastewka tells Regina that a passenger looks like Kathy Bates in "Misery"
Horror Business (2005) (Video)
It is mentioned in a magazine.
Gilmore Girls: Driving Miss Gilmore (2006) (TV Episode)
Logan wonders if Paris and Doyle plan to reenact their favourite scenes from "Misery".
Desperation (2006) (TV Movie)
"I'm your number one fan" said in both Stephen King films
Gray Matters (2006)
Evil Women in Film discussion
Drawn Together: Unrestrainable Trainable (2006) (TV Episode)
Princess Clara hobbles Wooldoor by breaking his ankles with a sledehammer just like Annie does to Mr. Sheldon in Misery.
Miracles and Mystery: Creating 'The Green Mile' (2006) (Video)
mentioned once
The Nines (2007)
When Gary (Ryan Reynolds) is lying on the bed, Margaret (Melissa McCarthy) threatens to use a sledgehammer on his feet.
The Making of 'Stupid Teenagers Must Die!' (2007) (Video)
Mentioned by cast member as a favorite horror film.
Ugly Betty: How Betty Got Her Grieve Back (2007) (TV Episode)
Santos says he feels like he's "turning into that woman from 'Misery'...except hotter"
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Paddy's Pub: The Worst Bar in Philadelphia (2008) (TV Episode)
The gang kidnaps and holds hostage a writer and makes him rewrite a better review of their bar
Saturday Night Live: Paul Rudd/Beyoncé (2008) (TV Episode)
Plotline recounted by Lorenzo McIntosh
How I Met Your Mother: Little Minnesota (2008) (TV Episode)
To repel Barney, Ted invites him to a marathon of every Kathy Bates movie except Misery.
Saturday Night Live: Bradley Cooper/TV on the Radio (2009) (TV Episode)
Johnny Lawrence (Bradley Cooper) mentions that one of next week's guests will be "the lady from 'Misery.'"
Supernatural: The Monster at the End of This Book (2009) (TV Episode)
Chuck Shurley asks "Is this some kind of Misery thing?"
Nowhere to Hide (2009)
The character name of Sheldon Wilkes was a reference to the character names of Paul Sheldon and Annie Wilkes.
Neighbor (2009)
Quotes the film.
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: The Ugly Truth/G-Force/Orphan (2009) (TV Episode)
Ellen says "Orphan" is for people who liked movies like this movie.
The Thick of It: Episode #3.5 (2009) (TV Episode)
Phil compares Terri to Annie Wilkes and then asks Peter if he has seen the film.
20 to 1: Adults Only 20 to 1: Movie Monsters (2010) (TV Episode)
A poster for this movie is shown when a segment on Cujo looks at other horror movies written by Stephen King.
Copacabana (2010)
Babou mentions the movie by name.
The Office: Whistleblower (2010) (TV Episode)
Kathy Bates make a slight pun on her famous role from Misery when she finds Toby's book on one of his computer and tells him how he should fix it.
Party Down: Not on Your Wife Opening Night (2010) (TV Episode)
Lydia (to Jillian Armenante's character): "I loved you in 'Misery'!"
Mike & Molly: First Date (2010) (TV Episode)
Molly says she looks like Kathy Bates in "Misery".
Haven: Resurfacing (2010) (TV Episode)
Nathan uses the alias Sheldon, for character Paul Sheldon
House: Unwritten (2010) (TV Episode)
Dr. House calls Alice a dirty birdy.
Forget About It: Fight Club (2011) (TV Episode)
Misery's poster is shown when Panda talks about misery (not the movie)
A Night at the Movies: The Horrors of Stephen King (2011) (TV Movie)
still picture/mentioned by Stephen King
Supernatural: Defending Your Life (2011) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Dean
11-11-11 (2011)
mentioned in dialogue
Bag of Bones (2011) (TV Mini-Series)
"I'm your biggest fan"/Annie Wilkes mentioned
Shameless: I'll Light a Candle for You Every Day (2012) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Frank
Hart of Dixie: Snowflakes & Soulmates (2012) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Didi
Californication: The Party (2012) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Hank
On the Road (2012)
Blocked writer typing "fuckfuckfuckfuckfuck" on a typewriter.
Santa's Blotto (2012) (Short)
end credits drawing
Happy Endings: Cazsh Dummy Spillionaires (2012) (TV Episode)
Penny (calling Ken for help): "Max is Misery-ing me! He's like Kathy Bates, only way fatter!"
The Cinema Snob: I Spit on Your Grave: Part 2 (2013) (TV Episode)
Snob alludes to it.
Ida, Be Thy Name: The Frightful Females of Fear (2013) (Video)
mentioned once
Castle: Number One Fan (2013) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue by Det. Grant 'Sully' Sullivan: "Or maybe she's just some crazed fan, like Kathy Bates in 'Misery'. You should be happy you didn't get hobbled."
The Eric Andre Show: James Van Der Beek/Steve-O (2013) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Eric.
Scorned (2013)
Mentioned in dialogue
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
Jordan calls Venice a "dirty little birdy" in a flashback. "Misery" director Rob Reiner is also featured in a supporting role.
Cougar Town: Mystery of Love (2014) (TV Episode)
Referenced in dialogue
Hot in Cleveland: Stayin' Alive (2014) (TV Episode)
Victoria mentions the Kathy Bates film based on the Stephen King novel
Taxi Brooklyn: Love Hurts (2014) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Leo
The Sugarcube Critic: Look Before You Sleep (2014) (TV Episode)
"I keep half-expecting her to start breaking Applejack and Rarity's ankles with a sledgehammer!"
Veep: New Hampshire (2014) (TV Episode)
Ben says Gary's behaviour with the shoe "is like Kathy Bates in Misery."
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness: Stephen King's It (2014) (TV Episode)
a good adaptation of a Stephen King book
73 Questions: 73 Questions with Victoria Beckham (2015) (TV Episode)
Victoria says Kathy Bates is the definition of "misery."
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Tom Hanks/Jessica Chastain/Pentatonix (2015) (TV Episode)
Jessica Chastain says that it was one of three DVDs she kept in her trailer as she was preparing for Crimson Peak (2015)
Limitless: When Pirates Pirate Pirates (2015) (TV Episode)
Grady, "You don't want her to go all Misery on you."
Love in Paradise (2016) (TV Movie)
Avery mentions the movie by name.
11.22.63: The Truth (2016) (TV Episode)
Johnny refers to Sadie as a "dirty bird".
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness: Tusk (2016) (TV Episode)
is compared to Tusk


Love Connection (1983) (TV Series)

Featured in 

Siskel & Ebert: Misery/Hidden Agenda/Cyrano de Bergerac (1990) (TV Episode)
Clips are shown. Movie is reviewed. Two thumbs up.
The 48th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1991) (TV Special)
The 63rd Annual Academy Awards (1991) (TV Special)
Siskel & Ebert: Doc Hollywood/Return to the Blue Lagoon/Hot Shots!/Paris Is Burning/Another You (1991) (TV Episode)
A clip is shown in the teaser for the next episode: "Breakthrough Stars of 1991".
Siskel & Ebert: Breakthrough Stars of 1991 (1991) (TV Episode)
Clips shown.
Oscar's Greatest Moments (1992) (Video)
Hollywood vs. Religion (1994) (Video)
Zero Effect (1998)
The 70th Annual Academy Awards (1998) (TV Special)
Misery Loves Company (2002) (Video)
Documentary on the making of this film
Marc Shaiman's Musical Misery Tour (2002) (Video)
Documentary on the making the music of this film
The 75th Annual Academy Awards (2003) (TV Special)
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Heroes & Villains (2003) (TV Special)
Annie Wilkes is #17 on the "Villains" list.
The 100 Greatest Scary Moments (2003) (TV Movie)
Voted as a scary moment (Leg hammering sequence)
I Love the '90s: Part Deux: 1990 (2005) (TV Episode)
Footage from this is featured.
20 to 1: Memorable Movie Characters (2006) (TV Episode)
Clips shown in a segment on Annie Wilkes.
Best! Movies! Ever!: Rants (2007) (TV Episode)
clips are shown to illustrate the best rants in films
The 79th Annual Academy Awards (2007) (TV Special)
20 to 1: Movie Heroes & Villains (2007) (TV Episode)
Some clips from this movie are shown in a segment on Annie Wilkes.
Misery: Diagnosing Annie Wilkes (2007) (Video)
clips as the film is discussed
Cinemania: Stephen King: O vasilias tou tromou (2009) (TV Episode)
Clips are shown
20 to 1: Adults Only 20 to 01: World's Most Daring Movies (2009) (TV Episode)
Clips shown in a segment.
Nostalgia Critic: Top 11 Scariest Performances (2010) (TV Episode)
Annie Wilkes is #9.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.81 (2011) (TV Episode)
a clip is included in a montage of Kathy Bates films
Hollywood's Top Ten: Let Me Go! (2011) (TV Episode)
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.45 (2011) (TV Episode)
Clip shown in montage of Kathy Bates films
Sleeping with Other People (2015)
Jake says "You went Kathy Bates in Misery in the middle of Central Park" and it is watched on TV, and called "the greatest movie ever made."
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness: Misery (2015) (TV Episode)
movie is reviewed


The Collector (1965)

Spoofed in 

Saturday Night Live: Roseanne Barr/Deee-lite (1991) (TV Episode)
Spoofed as 'Misery 2'
Ecstacy (1991)
Porn comedy version of mainstream thriller.
All's Well, Ends Well (1992)
maggie cheung wears the cathy bates outfit, chow sing-chi tells her that she is "psycho-woman" (the Chinese title for Misery)
French and Saunders: Misery (1993) (TV Episode)
A sketch spoofing the film.
The Critic: Miserable (1994) (TV Episode)
Jay's girlfriend ties him to the bed and is obsessed with him
The Silence of the Hams (1994)
the woman hitting the man with a hammer in jail
Good Eats: This Spud's for You Too (2002) (TV Episode)
Alton is "rescued" and then held captive by a maniacal fan.
Aachi and Ssipak (2006)
Jimmy made a movie based on this (we can see a poster); later he reenacts a scene when he smashes another character's leg, while drugged.
30 Rock: Hiatus (2007) (TV Episode)
Tracy is held captive by an obesessed fan.
Robot Chicken: Robot Chicken's Half-Assed Christmas Special (2007) (TV Episode)
In the "Peanuts" segment, Sally kidnaps and tortures Linus, much in the same way that Annie Wilkes captures Paul Sheldon.
Muchachada nui: Episode #2.6 (2008) (TV Episode)
Spoofs plot and characters.
Family Guy: Three Kings (2009) (TV Episode)
The second segment spoofs this movie.
The People vs. George Lucas (2010)
Some fan-made clips parody the film with George Lucas and an obsessed fan filling the roles
Matzav Ha'Uma: Episode #1.14 (2010) (TV Episode)
Etgar Keret is tied to bed while Orna Banai is hitting him with a hammer
Mega64: Mega64! (2010) (TV Episode)
Marcus comedically breaks Sean's legs in the same fashion Annie Wilkes does to Paul Sheldon
iCarly: iPsycho (2010) (TV Episode)
The plot is a spoof from Misery as Carly, Sam and Freddie (celebrity web show hosts) get trapped by their psycho number one fan. Also, it is indicated that Nora owns a pet chicken, as Annie owned a pet pig.
Suburgatory: Sweet Sixteen (2011) (TV Episode)
While George is incapacitated, Sheila keeps him captive under the pretense of nursing him back to health. He begins to believe she is going to kill him so he attempts to escape, mimicking the plot of Misery.

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