Warning: Graphic Spoilers Lie Ahead
The most recent Stephen King film adaptation Gerald’s Game is so gruesome it is actually making people pass out.
Directed by Mike Flanagan and starring Carla Gugino, Gerald’s Game is based on King’s popular novel about a couple who visit a secluded cabin in the woods in an attempt to spice up their marriage.
The film, distributed by Netflix, follows Gerald and his wife Jessie as they go on holiday to a remote lake house in a bid to rekindle the flames of their marriage.
However, during a sex game Gerald suffers a fatal heart attack while his wife is handcuffed to the bed.
Naturally Jessie begins to panic and frantically fights to escape.
As she spends more and more time handcuffed to the bed, Jessie begins to hallucinate and hear voices in her head.
Things only get worse when a stray dog wanders into the room and starts tearing into her husband’s slowly rotting corpse. Lovely!
The longer she is trapped the more she questions whether these visions and voices are real or not and begins to have a full on breakdown.
Driven mad, Jessie eventually smashes a glass cup in order to use a shard to slice the skin off her hand so she can slide out of the handcuffs.
During this scene the film turns into a full on gore-fest meaning you may think you are watching something more like Final Destination rather than a psychological thriller.
In fact, the scene is so shocking there are reports that a viewer fainted during a screening of the film at the Fantastic Fest film festival.
In an interview with Slash Film, director Flanagan described working on the chilling scene saying:
When I was reading it for the first time, I had to put the book down. It turned my stomach just reading it.
Visually, I don’t think we even took it as far as he took it in the book.
I think the hand/glove came just about completely off. For us we had it kind of flop back down afterwards because it was just too grizzly.
I heard people say: ‘Oh my God, it’s even worse than described’. I don’t think it actually is. I think the difference is, for all its description, the thing you never consider is the sound.
You can watch the trailer here:
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Even when I would look away while we were shooting it and when we were editing, you can’t get away from the sound.
It’s some of the most uncomfortable noise and we just crank it right up.
We just wanted to hear every little squish and pop and stretch. It’s gnarly stuff.
Someone fainted at the Fantastic Fest screening which is the coolest thing I’ve ever heard.
With a rating of 91 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes and 76 per cent on Metacritic, Gerald’s Game leads summer hit It in the critics eyes, making this the Steven King adaptation you really need to see this year.
Gerald’s Game is available to stream on Netflix now.
Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.