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The trailer for Stephen King's Gerald's Game is a bit tied up at the moment

Who’s up for a little light bondage play, possibly followed by a harrowing life-or-death struggle against seemingly impossible odds? That’s essentially the premise of Gerald’s Game, the new adaptation of Stephen King’s novel into a feature film for Netflix. Starring Carla Gugino and Bruce Greenwood, the story follows a long-married couple who decide to spice up their romantic life at a remote cabin, only for Gerald to suffer a heart attack and die, leaving his wife Jessie handcuffed to the bed with no means of escape. (Judging from the trailer, the movie appears to soften the much more icky nature of their last encounter in the book.) With no one but the voices in her head and some strange memories to keep her company, Jessie must fight to stay alive—also, the increasingly hungry stray dog isn’t helping matters.


This is the latest in a seemingly endless parade of King adaptations from this year: The stolid Mr. Mercedes, shoddy would-be blockbuster The Dark Tower, uneven series The Mist, the entertainingly creepy It...and this train shows no signs of slowing. But the lack of weighted expectations might help Gerald’s Game, as it’s one of King’s more grounded stories. Also helping the case, along with the reliably good Gugino and Greenwood, is helmer Mike Flanagan, who directed the icily effective Hush and the better-than-it-had-any-right-to-be Ouija: Origin Of Evil. We’ll know for sure when Gerald’s Game begins—and ends, we guess, it’s under two hours after all—September 29 on Netflix.

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