Movie Review: Gerald’s Game


Gerald’s Game

Released September 29th 2017

1 hr 43 mins

Watched Through: Netflix

Rating 3/5 leafs

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Synopsis from IMDB

While trying to spice up their marriage in their remote lake house, Jessie must fight to survive when her husband dies unexpectedly, leaving her handcuffed to their bed frame


I think the average movie watcher would enjoy this. If you’re looking for something that will make you think, question your existence, and blow your mind –this isn’t for you. If you’re a hardcore horror fan looking for something that will terrify you–this isn’t for you. This movie is really enjoyable if you’re just looking for an enjoyable, solid scary movie before Halloween.

What To Expect

compound_path Fast Paced

Everything happens very quickly in Gerald’s Game, which is be to expected because the timeline of the main conflict of the movie can only realistically last as long as someone can last without water–three days. The scares start quickly as well which is nice. Immediately the viewer can sense a tension between the husband and wife duo of Carla Gugino and Bruce Greenwood. It is quickly realized when they start their “game” that they are not a happy couple. After Gerald dies, the story moves on quickly, balancing the present and the past of Gerald’s wife Jessie.

compound_path Only Moderately Scary

In most Stephen King inspired movies, he relies heavily on situational scares. Rather than it being inherently terrifying–like a murderer or something supernatural– the situation becomes more chilling to the audience when they think, “what would I do in that situation.” For example, watching Greenwood’s character die and Gugino’s reaction wasn’t that scary to me. I kept criticizing Gugino’s survival skills. However, when I placed myself in her situation and pictured someone very close to me dying in that way, I can see how horrifying it would be.

compound_path About The People

Stephen King once said “the best stories end up being about the people rather than the event.” I think this really comes out in his work. Even if I don’t know it is a Stephen King story when I start, I feel like they have a distinct and recognizable tone. An example of this is that in Stephen King works, the more backstory you learn about his characters, the more twisted and scary the story becomes. This heightens the situational style scares that I talked about above. In this movie the audience not only thinks, “what if my husband died and I was stranded, chained to a bed, in an isolated location?” but also, “what if all that happened to me in my past and my husband then died and I was stranded, chained to a bed, in an isolated location?” It amplifies the fear.

What I Didn’t Like

Highlight to see the negative. !!! SPOILER ALERT !!!

After Gerald dies I feel like Jessie completely abandons all reason. I understand that she went through a very tragic experience so her mind would be fractured, but she starts hallucinating after one day. That seems quick. Also after a few hours she was in desperate need of water. Maybe I’m unhealthy but… I feel like I’ve gone way longer than that without even feeling it. (I say this as I’m sipping water. LOL)

Stephen King movies are also pretty famous for their twists. This was no exception. While I liked that the Moonlight Man was real and not death incarnate as Gerald seemed to say, the desperate situation, the past flashbacks, and the hallucinations were scary enough without this other character.

Let’s chat! What do you think about Gerald’s Game? Is it in your Halloween pregame movie list? How does it compare to other King stories? What other scary movies have you seen recently?


About Leah

Hi! I'm Leah. I like books, TV, and plants. I love writing about it all. Earnest Hemmingway said "Write hard and clear about what hurts," and I aspire to do just that. Thanks for reading!

2 Responses

  1. Rachel

    I’m glad you reviewed this! This is a movie I wouldn’t watch myself, but I have been hearding a lot about it, so now I can have an idea of what people are talking about!

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