Stephen King's Gerald's Game has long been touted to be completely "unfilmable." Netflix apparently didn't agree with this so-called logic, though, and they tapped director Mike Flanagan to bring King's dark, claustrophobic story to life. Flanagan, perhaps best known for directing Hush and Oculus, has a reputation for being able to do the impossible. After all, Hush has a deaf main character, yet Flanagan wove a tightly terrifying thriller together that doesn't rely on excessive sound effects or music to scare its audience.
The new Gerald's Game trailer has been released by Netflix and it proves that the streaming giant once again has the recipe for success. The story revolves around a woman, Jessie, and her husband, Gerald, who get away for a weekend to try and put the spice back into their marriage. Gerald thinks handcuffs are the best way to do just that, but Jessie becomes uncomfortable once their sex act begins and in the heat of the moment, Gerald has a heart attack and falls to the floor. Left alone far from civilization, and unable to move, Jessie has to keep herself alive and figure out her escape while the hallucinatory effects of food and water deprivation kick in.
Already, it seems likely Gerald's Game will earn its spot among the best Stephen King adaptations instead of being merely decent or, worse, terrible. Here's everything to be gleaned from the first trailer for Gerald's Game releasing on Netflix on September 29, 2017.
Perhaps Going Somewhere Remote For Rough Sex Isn't The Best Way To Fix A Relationship
The central premise of the book and movie is that Gerald and Jessie decide to engage in a little bondage. In the book, Jessie's eventual nightmare almost comes across as some twisted sort of victim shaming. In the Gerald's Game trailer, though, she and Gerald seem genuinely interested in improving their relationship through spicing up their sex life.
Of course, Jessie figures out pretty quickly she's not that into it and Gerald seems seconds away from agreeing when everything goes to hell. The film falls in line with at least one horror film trope, however, sex in a remote cabin always leads to spooky consequences.
A Particularly Tense Dog Attack
Ignoring the much easier prey lying dead on the ground, a hungry stray dog leaps at Jessie trapped on the bed. In an uncomfortably tense squirm-inducing part of the trailer, the dog bites her leg. The sound of the bite is clear, loud, and evokes a visceral reaction that makes it much easier to truly imagine what Jessie's going through. This showcases Flanagan's filming style. He always seeks to bring viewers into the experience in a way that they'll never forget.
Everyone's Kinkiest Nightmare
Jessie's reality becomes horrifyingly desperate as she realizes her handcuffed state mean she's trapped. But she quickly learns that the situation is even worse than she feared. Unlike the silk scarves the couple started with in the book, the metal of the handcuffs is completely uncompromising. In one particularly dreadful scene, Jessie is clever enough to get a glass of water down from a shelf, only to discover that there's no way to get the life giving liquid into her mouth.
It's A Psychological Thriller First And Foremost
One of the most effective aspects of the book is the psychological damage and grief that Jessie faces as a result of her predicament. Instead of shying away from this, director Mike Flanagan brings the emotional thrills to the forefront with use of elaborate fantasy and memory sequences. The past holds uncomfortable truths that Jessie must deal with.
Meanwhile, Jessie keeps envisioning Gerald himself taunting her in a manner that's consistent with how poorly he treats her in the beginning of the book.