That is indeed dedication to the cause
Audition is great isn’t it - that classic J-horror set up of being deliberately slow and boring in the first half and then genuinely upsetting in the second half.
Anyway, two days of SHOCKTOBER down and two films done for me (that run is going to come to an end tonight unfortunately) - Gerald’s Game…
The book came out when I was at my teenage horror reading peak and I absolutely loved it. A quarter of a century later and most of it is still seared into my psyche, so it was interesting to see just how accurately Mike Flanagan has adapted it for the big/small screen, albeit with a couple of ingenious enhancements. As a primarily single location, two person narrative the film relies largely on the performances of Carla Gugino as Jessie and Bruce Greenwood as the titular Gerald and they are both excellent. The direction is pleasingly unfussy and the film largely unscored. There aren’t really any traditional jump scares, more just general dread, but the gore, when it arrives, is genuinely eye wincing. After a great 80 minutes or so the film is let down by a slightly disappointing epilogue, but again it’s completely faithful to the book finale so blame the source material I guess. After a couple of mis-steps with Ouija: Origin Of Evil and Before I Wake, it’s good to see Mike Flanagan back on track. Thanks for the tip @TKC. 7/10