Tuesday, April 15, 2014
M is for Misery
Another pick from the King of Horror Author, Stephen King, comes his psychological horror novel Misery, published in 1987. The Novel is about Paul Sheldon, a writer famous for Victorian-era romances involving the character of Misery Chastain. One day he is rescued from a car crash by crazed fan Annie Wilkes, who transports him to her home and, once finding out what he has done to Misery in his latest book, forces him to write a new book modifying the story - no matter what it takes (Wiki, 2014).
James Caan portrays author Paul Sheldon, who's been under a lot of pressure for his latest novel. He had been at his Colorado hideaway and after completing his work, he sets out on a snowy night, when he suffers an accident. He's critically inured and when he wakes up he discovers he's been rescued by his "number one fan" Annie Wilkes. She nurses Paul, gladly, at her remote house in the mountains. When she learns of Paul's plot in the last novel, she flips and the iconic scene (involving a sledge hammer) still gives me shivers to this day! Kathy Bates portrays Annie Wilkes, she's such an amazing actress and catapults this movie above and beyond. It's definitely a must see. Misery (1990)