You don’t want to watch a scary movie with me. I usually think they’re dumb, so I tend to make fun of them (sometimes out loud). Or, given that I’m a wimp when it comes to violence, I spend a lot of time with my eyes buried in the arm of the person next to me.
Stephen King’s “Misery” (Columbia Pictures) was a whole different experience for me, and the fact that I couldn’t take my eyes off the screen was a testament to the writing, the story line and the actors, particularly lead Kathy Bates. (It may have also had something to do with the lack of blood and guts.)
Bates won a best actress Oscar for her portrayal of former nurse Annie Wilkes, who rescues novelist Paul Sheldon after a serious car crash. Wilkes starts off sweet, one of Sheldon’s “biggest fans.” Then she turns cray-cray — particularly after she learns Sheldon is killing off one of her favorite characters from his novels.
The film is so scary. But I watched the whole thing and never felt prouder.
- Michelle Meyers – senior associate editor