Kathy Bates is the twisted star of this film adaptation of Stehphen King’s Misery, and delivers an absolutely bone-chilling performance and lends a creepy, new meaning to the accolade of number one fan. When famed romance novelist James Caan (Paul Sheldon) careens off the road outside of Silver Creek, Colorado (real place) during a heavy snow storm, his obsessive fan stumbles upon his comatose, broken body and takes him to her secluded home to safety. Turns out that Annie is not only Paul’s number one fan but also a (bat-shit crazy) nurse who can skillfully tend to his wounds and has a candy-land of pharmaceuticals. Paul was in Silver Creek writing a new novel that is a departure from his popular romance novels which he allows Annie to read. Annie hates the book and forces Paul to burn his rough draft, at this point we were already thinking that there was something off about this quirky nurse, our suspicions are confirmed when she decides to lock Paul in his room and torture him. Paul is slowly regaining his strength though and starts to sneak out of his room when Annie is away, he finds a scrapbook of articles about a trial that involved Nurse Annie and the mysterious deaths of several infants. We are pretty certain he’s gonna’ die at this point and we wish he would have when Annie hobbles him – don’t Google that, after discovering that he has been sneaking out of his room. Paul eventually escapes but is forever haunted by his time spent in captivity with his number one fan.
I love this film, I think it is one of Kathy Bates’ best roles. I watched the movie before reading the book as it was way easier to watch movies that I wasn’t supposed to be watching than it was to sneak contraband books into my mother’s household. The book is way creepier than the movie which I find to be the case with most Stephen King books. This is a fantastic adaptation and a rerun in my collection. It’s a gem, never did gibberish and nonsense words sound so terrifying 😛
If you haven’t seen it, what are you waiting for?!