Gerald’s Game (2017)

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Stephen King has always been a good source of material for a plot for a film and Netflix have taken his novel, ‘Gerald’s Game’ and given it the movie treatment.

Now this isn’t a remake which is refreshing so I hadn’t heard of the story before watching the movie.  It’s an interesting story but if you want a horror movie then look elsewhere…

This movie is all about psychological manifestation.  In other words, the way your mind can play tricks on you in horrible times.  Gerald (Bruce Greenwood) and his wife Jessie (Carla Gugino) decide to go to their second home (I assume…) to ‘spice up’ their marriage.  It’s got no neighbors and Gerald has kindly given their staff the weekend off so that the couple are left all alone for the whole weekend..

So Gerald and Jessie start to role play in the bedroom as the trailer for the film shows you, Gerald suffers a heart-attack just as poor Jessie is handcuffed to the bed.  She’s then left their to well, pretty much go insane.

The acting in the film is quite good, both Gugino and Greenwood are great, especially Gugino as she get’s more and more mental throughout and starts mixing fantasy with reality.  There’s not really many characters in this movie, it all centers around Jessie as she fights to survive.

There’s not CGI in this movie although the Makeup FX are brilliant in one scene in particular and when you watch the movie you’ll know exactly which scene I mean. I did have to look away for a moment actually…

So basically this story is all about how Jessie’s past, a certain incident in particular made her strong enough to survive this game she’s ended up in.  It touches on how your mind can play tricks on you when you’re terrified and how the night itself ties into that.

Now there is a twist in this movie towards the end and it’s not bad but I personally think this film could have been so much more.  It also annoyed me a bit how quickly Jessie began to loose it, I mean it felt like she gave up pretty quickly when she ‘had all her strength’ in the beginning.  Sure, she screamed for a long (long) time but surely you’d quit after twenty mins or so? Like I said she didn’t really try that much for my liking…

Overall, it’s an OK film, I’ll be honest with you (as always) it got dragged out a bit too much and when you learn what she’s trying to get from her flashbacks it makes them pretty pointless… I think it’s more about what could happen that may get into your head rather than what actually happens in this movie but that’s probably the whole point right?

Perfect Popcorn Score – Gerald’s Game get’s a six from me, I get where it’s trying to go but I just lost interest sadly… It has a lot of potential but doesn’t fulfill it…  6/10 

Little Evil (2017)

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I’m always on the look out for new ‘Netflix Originals‘ because sometimes you do get some gems in there.  The trailer for this film shows a dark comedy  take on ‘The Omen‘ and a few other horror classics so I gave it a go.

Basically the story is that Gary (Adam Scott) marries Samantha (Evangeline Lily) and in doing so becomes a stepdad to her ‘little boy’ Lucas (Owen Atlas).  Their wedding was actually ruined by a tornado so things didn’t exactly get off to the best start for the couple and then things get even weirder…

The acting is decent from Scott and Lily and Atlas defiantly has the ‘creepy kid’ vibe but unfortunately is a little weak in the general acting department. The supporting cast are great though and add plenty of humor to this movie.

The effects are pretty B-Movie but that’s what I expected on something low-budget, I’ve still seen a lot worse though.  There’s a couple of clever little quirks such as the little goat puppet Lucas loves.

The movie escalates pretty quickly, it starts off fooling around with the audience, is he actually supernatural or just a creepy kid? The more you watch the more you find out… It takes from so many other movies both new and old to create it’s own story.

It’s not the greatest Netflix original film as it’s not exactly original to begin with.  I personally only enjoyed it because I thought the ‘step-dad support group’ were really funny, especially Gary’s work pal Al.  If you want something easy to watch with a few laughs but in general is very predictable and not scary at all then give this a try but don’t expect it to blow you away (tornado pun?).

Perfect Popcorn Score – I’m giving this film a five by five, nothing new but still some good laughs and it’s still a watchable movie. 5/10