Ok, is there anyone out there that is not familiar with the film Misery? I mean if so you no doubt are either really young, or simply don't watch movies. The films star, Kathy Bates won the Best Actress Oscar for her role, and the ankle break scene ranks #12 on Bravo's Scariest Movie Moments. It's based off the Steven King novel of the same name, and is one of the most faithful adaptations of his work.
The film centers around author Paul Shelton (played to perfection by the great James Caan) he's the creator of a series of novels that center around the character Misery Chastain. When driving home durring a snow storm he crashes his car but is dragged to safety by a woman named Annie Wilkes (Oscar winner Kathy Bates)
She takes him back to her home which is out in the middle of nowhere, and it turns out she is a huge fan of his Misery books. Unfortunately for Paul she's also insane, and when she reads the latest script for his novel she finds he plans to kill Misery off. Infuriated she makes him write a new novel and keeps him prisoner while he complies out of fear for his life.
Misery is an amazing film. It's probably the best psychological horror film I have ever seen. Having it all take place inside Annie's house the element of claustrophobia only ads to the suspense and terror.
Caan plays his part perfectly as he always does, showing both anger, and fear in each scene. Bates deserved every award and piece of recognition she received for her role as Annie. Combining a sense of good natured fan to horribly frightening lunatic no one could have played it better. The scene in which she shatters Paul's ankles as punishment for looking around the house while she is gone will not only scare you, but turn your stomach as well.
Scream Factory has aquired the right and are finally giving this the release it deserves. The transfer is nothing short of jaw dropping. From the blizzard scene in the beginning to the shots of the dust on Annie's shelves every color comes to life on the screen. The audio transfer is fantastic as you can almost feel the environment around you coming to life. As it's a Scream Factory release it's loaded with special features.
As I stated it's an increadably faithful adaptation to King's novel, a fantastic thriller, and for fans this is the definitive edition to own. I can't recommend purchasing this one enough.
Overall 4.5 out of 5 Stars