It’s no surprise that Stephen King is a little… out there. I mean, I don’t know about you, but I never want to know what’s happening in his mind other than what he puts on paper for us all to enjoy. I use the word “enjoy” loosely.
Netflix adapted King’s 1992 novel, Gerald’s Game, into a movie starring Carla Gugino and Bruce Greenwood and the gruesome film is now available on their site. But, brace yourselves because there’s a scene so disgusting that it’s reportedly making people pass out (at the very least, no one is happy about having seen it.)
Let me warn you now that there are major spoilers ahead so if you don’t like that kind of thing, it’s probably best to head out. The plot of the movie is pretty simple. A couple is looking to spice things up in their marriage so they drive away to a secluded cabin for a weekend. Our heroine, Jessie, is handcuffed to the bed by her husband, Gerald, in an attempt to add some fire to the bedroom. Well, it doesn’t. While in the middle of the deed, he has a heart attack and passes away, leaving Jessie to slowly go hungry and thirsty and kind of crazy over the span of several days.
If that wasn’t bad enough, Jessie discovers that there’s really only one way to free herself.
She breaks a nearby glass of water and frees her hand by performing an act of “degloving,” which means exactly what you think it does. People weren’t exactly thrilled when they read King’s description of it back in the 90’s either.
Director Mike Flanagan interviewed with Slash Film to talk about the scene and how they managed to capture it so well. “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 afterward 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,” he told author Fred Topel in his interview.
Flanagan added that the biggest way they added intensity was through the use of sound. By swapping a soundtrack for more realistic audio, they were able to capture “every little squish and pop and stretch.” He also heard of someone passing out at the Fantastic Fest screening, “which is the coolest thing I’ve ever heard.”
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