Misery (1990)

Novelist Paul Sheldon (Caan) doesn’t remember the blinding blizzard that sent his car spinning off road. Nor does he remember being nursed back from unconsciousness. All he remembers is waking up in the home of Annie Wilkes (Bates) – a maniacal fan who is bent on keeping her favourite writer as her personal prisoner… for the rest of his ‘cock-a-doodie’ life!”

Well who wold of thought. My hopes weren’t exactly high for this film, but I was fairly quickly proven wrong. Not really being a huge fan of James Caan because I think that wherever he is he just looks like he’s in pain. However he is perfect for this role, having his character bed bound with illness and injury through out the entire film, you genuinely believe that he is in major pain.

This film was nominated for 1 Oscar (6 less than Babe) and it won it, well deserved. Kathy Bates for Actress in a leading role. She is the perfect psycho. There are no ways of personally identifying with this woman at all. The perfect psycho or as James Caan puts it- “sick twisted fuck”. His words not mine.

What brings this film to an actual human level is the bickering married couple/local law enforcement played by Richard Farnsworth and Frances Sternhagen. These two give this whole film that light hearted element. Without them the whole film would just be this Hitchcock style suspense rampage of terror.

Which is superb, the elements used to create suspense may not be entirely original but they work very well, however the very final scare may not be as terrifying as the filmmakers want it to be.

James Caan and Kathy Bates are absolutely superb. With a random Lauren Bacall turning up every now and again.

If through out the entire film you do not flinch at all, then well done to you.

“Whoever thought that funny, talkative nice lady from Titanic could be so creepy.”


This masterclass in suspense thriller is genuinely horrifying and brilliant. Rob Reiner really is a genre master.

Best Line in the Film: “You see, it’s just that kind of sarcasm that’s given our marriage real spice.” Richard Farnsworth


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