The fourth new Stephen King adaptation to arrive within two months has just debuted a creepy, intense first trailer.
The film is Gerald's Game, based on King's 1992 novel in which a woman named Jessie is left alone and handcuffed to a bed in a remote cabin after her husband dies during sexual play. As Jessie struggles to survive, she battles hallucinations, a hungry stray dog and an apparition that may or may not be real -- as well as her own repressed memories and regrets.
The movie is set to arrive on Netflix on September 29 (with a premiere at Austin's Fantastic Fest shortly beforehand) and is directed and co-written by Mike Flanagan, the rising horror auteur who has proven his deft touch with the genre through feature films like Oculus, Hush and Ouija: Origin of Evil. Fan fave Carla Gugino (Watchmen, Wayward Pines) stars as Jessie, while Bruce Greenwood (Captain Pike in the rebooted Star Trek movies) appears as her husband Gerald.
Gerald's Game was thought for a long time to be one of those King books that no one would ever adapt: after all, it takes place essentially in one room and one woman's head. Based on this trailer however, Flanagan has made not only an intense psychological thriller but found a way to open up the story and make it visually interesting as well. Plus Gugino is a welcome presence in anything, so we're glad to see her front and center here.
As we mentioned above, Gerald's Game is the fourth King project to surface since early August, a list that includes the sadly failed movie version of The Dark Tower, the acclaimed Audience network adaptation of Mr. Mercedes and this week's highly anticipated film take on IT. If you go back to June, you can also include Spike's TV series based on The Mist, although that has largely fallen off the radar since its launch.
Nevertheless, the legendary author is very much back in the pop culture mix these days, and from we can see, Gerald’s Game has the potential to be another solid adaptation of his work. Watch the trailer below and let us know what you think...