Horror movies, by their very definition, are designed to scare, disturb and disgust viewers in equal measure – it kind of goes with the territory.
However, there’s one film currently doing the rounds on Netflix that may be guilty of taking the concept a little too far, if viewer reactions are to be believed.
The movie is called Gerald’s Game and it’s an adaptation of a novel from Horror master Stephen King that focuses on some pretty messed up stuff – if you are in anyway squeamish it’s probably best you stop reading now.
Gerald’s Game stars Carla Gugino and Bruce Greenwood as Jessie and Gerald Burlingame as a married couple who head off for a kinky weekend of sex in a remote cabin.
Things go awry, however when Gerald ends up collapsing and hitting his head on the edge of their bed in the process. Jessie, meanwhile, is left handcuffed to the bed with no way to reach the key.
Forced to try and mount an escape, Jessie is eventually forced to smash a glass and use the shards to cut around her wrists and hand in an attempt to escape from the cuffs. It’s not an easy watch with every slice, dice and weird squishy sound captured in the horrifying minutes that follow.
It’s a scene that has left plenty of viewers feeling queasy, with reports suggesting one audience member even passed out during a screening of the movie at the Fantastic Fest film festival.
Speaking to the aptly named Slash Film, the movie’s director Mike Flanagan admitted that even he found the scene difficult to watch.
“Even when I would look away while we were shooting it and when we were editing, you can’t get away from the sound,” he said.
“It’s some of the most uncomfortable noise and we just crank it right up. We just wanted to hear every little squish and pop and stretch.”
Yet for all the unease generated by the Netflix adaptation, it’s nothing compared with King’s novel, which takes things to a whole new level on the gore front.
Stephen King’s least favourite movie adaptations of his own work