MISERY (1990) was the perfect film for Hollywood. The movie is an adaptation of a Stephen King novel, the film was directed by one of Hollywood’s top directors at the time (Rob Reiner), the screenplay was written by legend William Goldman, and the film starred acting legend James Caan. With James Caan’s passing, the podcast has decided to pay tribute to the actor by discussing this classic horror film.
When novelist Paul Sheldon (James Caan) finishes his latest manuscript, while driving the winter roads of Colorado, he loses control of his Mustang and crashes into a ditch. Nurse Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates) rescues him. While being taken cared of at Wilkes’ home, Sheldon waits patiently for the winter snow to melt so an ambulance can take him to the local hospital. Unfortunately, Annie has different plans.
The film also stars Kathy Bates in her award winning performance of the unhinged Annie Wilkes. The cast includes Richard Farnsworth, Lauren Bacall, and Frances Sternhagen. The film was an instant classic and is considered one of the best horror films of the 1990’s. Dark Discussions pays tribute to James Caan and gives their thoughts on the movie.