Mike Flanagan directs Carla Gugino, Bruce Greenwood and Henry Thomas in this horror about a woman left handcuffed to her bed with no chance of escape.
The plus points; Carla Gugino carries on being one of the most overlooked, overqualified genre actresses around and there are truly unsettling moments of gore and delirium. The downside; Flanagan indulges his source material’s weakness to deadening effect. King never knows how to end his thrill rides and Gerald’s Game has one of the worst dismounts ever, here faithfully recreated. Also the author’s obsession with exploring incest abuse in gloopy suspensers leaves an awful taste in the mouth. This time overpoweringly so.