It’s been a eventful year for adaptations of the work of Stephen King. This month brought moviegoers The Dark Tower, while next month sees IT arrive to terrify horror lovers. TV series based on The Mist and Mr. Mercedes are also currently airing.
The above titles aren’t all that King fans have to look forward to in 2017 though, as Netflix has two original movies on tap that adapt stories by the horror master.
The first is Gerald’s Game, based on King’s 1992 novel. The story concerns Jessie Burlingame (Carla Gugino), who accidentally kills her husband Gerald (Bruce Greenwood) after a kinky sex game at a secluded cabin goes horribly awry. Handcuffed to a bed, Jessie is faced with little hope of rescue, and begins to crack mentally under the pressure.
The second is 1922, based on a novella from King’s 2010 collection Full Dark, No Stars. Set in the titular year, the story focuses on Wilfred James (Thomas Jane), a farmer who sees his life go further and further off the deep end after murdering his wife Arlette (Molly Parker.)
It’s unclear whether Netflix planned ahead to make two King-based movies both centered on the murder of a spouse this close together, but it’s a fun turn of events either way.
As for when subscribers can see them, Gerald’s Game director Mike Flanagan (Hush, Ouija: Origin of Evil) took to Twitter recently to reveal that his film will debut on September 29th. Elsewhere, Bloody Disgusting reports that 1922 is set to arrive on Netflix on October 20th, just in time for the Halloween season.
Horror fans have a lot to look forward to in the near future on Netflix actually, as in addition to Gerald’s Game and 1922, antichrist comedy Little Evil arrives on September 1st, while Stranger Things season 2 hits on October 27th.