The most recent in a long line of Stephen King adaptations may be the most gruesome yet – in fact, it’s so gruesome, it is actually causing people to pass out!

Gerald’s Game is directed by Mike Flanagan and stars Carla Gugino, and it is based on King’s popular novel that centres around a couple who visit a secluded cabin in the forest for a dirty weekend in an attempt to bring some spice back into their marriage.

The film, which has been distributed by Netflix, follows the story of Gerald and his wife Jessie as they holiday in a remote lake house in an attempt to rekindle the dying flames in their marriage.

However, everything goes wrong when during a sex game, Gerald is killed by a fatal heart attack while his wife is still handcuffed to the bed.

Realising she is trapped, and with no one coming to help her in the secluded woods, Jessie begins to panic and frantically tries to escape.

But time goes on as she finds herself trapped. And as more time passes while she is handcuffed to the bed, Jessie begins to lose grip on reality and starts to hallucinate and hear voices in her head.

As if things couldn’t get worse, they soon do when a stray dog wonders into the cabin and begins to tear into her husband’s slowly decaying corpse for his dinner.

In the words of Ace Ventura…yummyyy!

The longer she is trapped, the more she begins to wonder whether these visions and voices are real or just a figment of her rapidly eroding sanity. Before long, she begins to have a full-blown breakdown.

Driven insane by desperation, Jessie eventually smashes a glass cup in order to use a shard to slice a part of her hand off so that she can slide it out and free herself from the cuffs.

But during the scene, the mood changes from psychological thriller to full on Cannibal Holocaust style gore-athon.

In fact, this scene in particular is so shockingly gruesome that some viewers even fainted during a screening at the Fantastic Film Festival.

In an interview with Slash Film, Gerald’s Game’s director described working on the chilling scene: “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.”

The director added: “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.”


Gerald’s Game is certainly a big hit with the critics, having scored a 91% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, a full six percent higher than the summer smash hit It, which scored 85%.

Of course nothing seemingly can top fellow summertime horror release Get Out, which scored an earth-shattering 99% on the industry standard critical site.