1. Gerald’s Game
Now Streaming on Netflix

Chris: Stephen King’s Gerald’s Game long seemed like an unadaptable book. But Mike Flanagan found a way, because he’s very good at what he does. Jessie (Carla Gugino) and her husband Gerald (Bruce Greenwood) go to a secluded lake house for some time away. Their relationship is not in the best place, and Gerald has decided to spice things up – unbeknownst to Jessie – with a little light bondage, via some handcuffs. Unfortunately, he then ends up having a heart attack, leaving Jessie alone, and cuffed to the bed. From there, the film focuses on Jessie’s plight while also providing flashbacks to her traumatic childhood, creating an intimate, disturbing film in the process. It eventually leads to one of the most gruesome gore moments in recent memory – no matter how strong a stomach you have, you’re going to cringe. I promise.

Matt says: What’s wrong with a little handcuff bedroom play, Chris? Oh, it’s the whole skin-degloving scene and the psychological horror. That’s right.

2. Unsane
Now Streaming on Amazon Prime Video

Chris: Steven Soderbergh’s throwback to movies like Shock Corridor has Claire Foy as Sawyer Valentini (what a name!), a woman who has been stalked by a total creep, played by Joshua Leonard. Unfortunately, as seems to be par for the course for many women, people don’t really believe Sawyer. The stalking ends up wrecking her life, to the point where she’s having mental issues brought on by the stress and trauma. This inadvertently lands her in a mental hospital, unable to escape. And to make matters worse, her stalker is now working at the hospital as an orderly. And of course…no one believes Sawyer. Shot entirely on iPhones, Unsane is a low-budget thriller that shows how much you can do with so little, and Claire Foy is quite good as the woman no one believes.

Matt says: I wanted Unsane to work for me a hell of a lot more than it did.

3. Sleeping With the Enemy
Now Streaming on Starz

Chris: Leigh Whannell’s The Invisible Man owes a few things to Sleeping With the Enemy. Julia Roberts plays a married woman who seems to have it all. But unbeknownst to the outside world, Roberts’ husband, played by Patrick Bergin, is an abusive psycho. Roberts comes up with a plan: She fakes her own death and tries to start a new life. But her husband soon catches onto the rouse and comes looking for her. This is the type of sleazy ’90s thriller they don’t really make anymore, which is either a good or a bad thing, depending on how you feel about sleazy thrillers.

Matt says: Wait, is this movie a reverse The Invisible Man?

4. Magic
Now Streaming on Shudder

Chris: Not all bad, gaslighting relationships are of the romantic partner variety. There are also the terrible relationships we have with, uh…ventriloquist dummies. We’ve all been there, right? In Magic, Anthony Hopkins is Corky Withers, a ventriloquist who performs with his dummy Fats. The act is a hit, but the relationship between Corky and Fats is not healthy, because Fats may or may not be alive. And even if he’s not, Corky certainly thinks he is, and is unable to control his dummy off the stage. It’s a weird, weird movie, and kind of wonderful. It was also directed by Richard Attenborough, aka John Hammond from Jurassic Park!

Matt says: Don’t be a dummy, watch Magic. Get it? See what I did there?

5. What Lies Beneath
Now Streaming on Netflix

Chris: I’ll be honest: I don’t love What Lies Beneath. But it fits in perfectly with this week’s theme, so here it is! Directed by Robert Zemeckis, back before he decided to only make movies about scary CGI cartoon people, this Hitchcock throwback stars Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer as a wealthy couple who seem pretty darn happy! And then they start experiencing the supernatural. This movie came out 20 years ago, so I’m going to give away a few spoilers. For one thing, Pfeiffer learns her perfect husband actually had an affair, and the ghost they may or may not be facing could be the ghost of Ford’s mistress. But there’s more than meets the eye here, and it really boils down to Ford being a creep. Spooky!

Matt says: I’m super tired this week and nothing punny is hitting, so I’ll let Chris win here and admit I’ve never watched What Lies Beneath all the way through.

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