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  • #16
    Originally posted by Stoney View Post
    Gerald's Game was one of my favourite books when I was a teenager, I didn't realise they'd made a movie of it. I'd be impressed if they managed to do it well.
    I read the book years ago too, and this film does do it justice. The flashback is horrifying in a way that the 'present day' horror wasn't, but I think that's the core of the emotional truth of the book. I'd recommend it, if you have Netflix.

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    • #17
      The Shining is the only book that frightened me while I was reading it. I'm not sure how I feel about Kubrick's film - feels a bit over wrought at times (which I should expect given it's Nicholson). Stand By Me is quite different from the short story it's based on. If I recall, I much preferred the film. Didn't finish "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption". Salem's Lot - I enjoyed the TV series and the book (if enjoyed is the right word). Cujo and Pet Sematary: I don't watch films where animals die. In the case of the latter - it's about a cat and, irrespective of whether they're alive or dead, cats are evil - right?

      I don't know whether my tastes changed or whether King's writing changed. I read them religiously in the early years then just stopped.
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      • #18
        Originally posted by Priceless View Post
        I read the book years ago too, and this film does do it justice. The flashback is horrifying in a way that the 'present day' horror wasn't, but I think that's the core of the emotional truth of the book. I'd recommend it, if you have Netflix.
        Which I don't. I will look it up and see if I can watch it at some point through Sky or my brother in law might well have a copy.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by Stoney View Post
          Gerald's Game was one of my favourite books when I was a teenager, I didn't realise they'd made a movie of it. I'd be impressed if they managed to do it well.
          Yeah. Its a Netflix movie directed by Mike Flanagan who did The Haunting of Hill House series and the recent Doctor Sleep. I also recommend a film of his called Hush. I liked Gerald's Game too up til the end. It was one of those surprises.

          Only read Carrie and Misery from King. Liked both.

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          • #20
            Seen the first two episodes and its completely gripping from the start. Its full of tension and intrigue. The casting is spot-on. There's something very different to the mystery which makes it stand out. Its full of rich little details. The big dramatic moment in episode two really knocked me sideways. If it keeps up this standard it will be one of 2020's best.

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            • #21
              Oooooo, I'm really looking forward to this but I'm determined to finish watching S2 of Penny Dreadful for the first time before I move on to something else. I might not be able to avoid watching PD S3 before too, but I think Outsider is definitely going to be the next on the to watch list.

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              • #22
                The latest episode of this was directed by the brilliant horror director Karyn Kusama. Its a really good episode too. Am loving the character of Holly.

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                • #23
                  I actually went from S3 of Penny Dreadful to Cobra and am currently watching Giri'Haji. I do prefer to binge watch a show and there are still four episodes of Outsider to air. As soon as I have them all I'll be watching this and am really looking forward to it.

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                  • #24
                    I just finished watching Outsiders. I found a great deal of it quite predictable and formulaic to be honest. But it had a very creepy edge throughout that was well executed and sustained. I found the final line and observation by Holly about why she found it easy to believe a great way to bring the titling of the story to the fore at the end. I also really enjoyed that there was genuine cost in the 'final battle' and the way that it became clear that it had become about far more than Terry Maitland and the original murder for them all in the end. That build up of belief and commitment from the characters was great.

                    Total kudos has to go to Ben Mendelsohn as Ralph and Marc Menchaca as Jack. Both gave superb performances and conveyed a great deal of complicated emotional responses to different situations throughout. The struggle they both faced, Ralph's logic vs reality and Jack's morality fighting the demonic influence, were just great. How so many characters at the end stepped outside of their comfort zones and put themselves on the line, many falling in the process, just really made the belief in the threat and the reality of it so much more intense. So although the general story was pretty predictable the characters and their responses were very interesting and I'll most definitely be looking to see something else Ben Mendelsohn has done in particular.

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