In recent years, the name of Mike Flanagan began to gain the spotlight of the entertainment scene and emerged as one of the great filmmakers and directors of contemporary audiovisual. Regaining our appreciation for psychological horror and competent narratives that focus on the complex essence of the human being and its ambitions and limitations, Flanagan paved a path of extreme critical and commercial success, reinventing himself title by title – and one of the most incredible and memorable moments of his career is the thriller ‘Dangerous game’.
The production was launched in 2017 at Netflix and, although it didn’t attract much attention in the first days of its release, it fell into popular taste and rose as one of the best of the year, as well as one of the best adaptations of the pantheon of horror created by Stephen King, considering that the feature film is inspired by his 1992 novel of the same name. Most interesting, however, is the fact that the book itself has been characterized as unfilmable, both by experts and by King himself. But Flanagan proved us wrong.
starring Carla Gugino in one of the best roles of her career, the plot centers on Jessie (Gugino) and Gerald (Bruce Greenwood) form a couple in crisis. To save their marriage, they decide to travel to a secluded house, intending to spend a romantic weekend. The husband takes handcuffs and decides to tie the wife to the bed. She hesitates to participate in the erotic game, but accepts. However, once arrested, the husband suffers a heart attack and dies. Trapped in bed, with no one to turn to for help, Jessie fights for survival as she recalls childhood trauma.
The production received very positive reviews that praised Gugino’s interpretation, Flanagan’s direction and the conduct of the work, despite having reservations about the conclusion of the narrative. Anyway, the film deserves to be appreciated for the tense atmosphere created and the quality built.
In 2022, the work turns five years old – and, to celebrate its anniversary, we’ve put together a brief list of some behind-the-scenes curiosities, which you can check out below:
- The woman in the dream that Jessie describes looking over a well during the eclipse is Dolores Claiborne, protagonist of King’s book of the same name.
- The book that Jessie throws at the dog in this movie, ‘Midnight Mass’was written by the character of Kate Siegel in ‘Hush: Death Hears’another film directed by Flanagan.
- Gerald refers to the dog as Cujo, which also references the novel of the same name signed by King.
- In the novel, the solar eclipse mentioned throughout the narrative took place on July 20, 1963, whose trajectory crossed the entire state of Maine. In the film, the eclipse is presumably what occurred on May 30, 1984, whose trajectory covered New Orleans.
- Gugino, Siegel and Henry Thomas would also work together on ‘The Haunting of Hill House’acclaimed horror and suspense series created and commanded by Flanagan.
- At the beginning of the film, as the couple drives to the country house, you can hear the reporter on the radio news talking about a grave robber known as The Moonlight Man, premeditating the events that would unfold in the film.
- Jessie declares that the Moonlight Man suffers from a disorder known as acromegaly, which causes abnormal growth of the hands and feet, as well as the forehead and chin. Carel Struyckenwho plays the character, also has this disorder.
- The film works as a tribute to several of King’s literary works, taking elements from writings such as ‘The illuminated’, ‘To Black Tower’ e ‘Carrie’citing some of the many subtle mentions placed in the production.
- There is no virtual soundtrack used in the work.