A scene in Gerald's Game is so gruesome it's making people pass out

Joe Vesey-Byrne
Tuesday 10 October 2017 13:00
Showbiz
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Warning: This article describes disturbing scenes of violence.

Stephen King's horror novel Gerald's Game has been adapted for Netflix, and some fans are reportedly passing out because of the gore.

Some moments in horror films are so gruesome you barely see them, you're too busy covering your eyes or even falling unconscious.

Anyone squeamish about cutting themselves will find watching Gerald's Game a struggle.

(Spoilers ahead)

Gerald's Game is a story about what happens when kinky sex goes amiss.

The film and the book's central character is Jessie Burlingham, who is handcuffed to a bed, with no way to reach the key, in remote cabin.

Her husband, the one who locked her there during a role play, has collapsed and hit his head on the edge of the bed.

In a bid to escape Burlingham smashes a glass, and uses the shards to slice off the skin on her wrist so she can wriggle out of the cuffs.

Director Mike Flanagan told Slash Film how he used sound to make the scene feel unbearable.

Even when I would look away while we were shooting it and when we were editing, you can’t get away from the sound.

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. 

According to MoviePilot, this was too much for some viewers. One member of the audience at a screening of the film at Fantastic Fest passed out from fear and discomfort.

Others have reported coming close to it.

Flanagan told Slash Film that even he struggled to get through passages of the book.

When I was reading [Gerald's Game] 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.

HT MoviePilot

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