Head and Foot

Discussion in 'Misery' started by Neil W, Jan 29, 2014.

  1. Neil W

    Neil W Well-Known Member

    Two things about this excellent movie:

    One, given the extent to which the book takes place in Paul's head - nearly unfilmable - the adaptation did very well to capture the book's essence so strongly.

    Two, I can understand why they took the line they did with the foot, but I preferred what happened in the book! :D
     
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  2. GNTLGNT

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

  3. Riot87

    Riot87 Love him forever



    I agree with the foot part that always got on my nerves that they changed it.
     
  4. blunthead

    blunthead Well-Known Member

    In William Goldman's book Which Lie Did I Tell?, Goldman, the screenwriter for Misery, fought tooth and nail to include in the movie the exact book-version of the hobbling sequence (exclaiming something to the effect that the writing was the greatest thing he'd ever read in his life). But later states that director Rob Reiner and the producers were correct in their decision not to put it on the screen that way; that they were were right in feeling it would've been too much for an average audience.
     
  5. mayday10

    mayday10 Well-Known Member

    Lawnmower.
     
  6. MaddenSudeikis

    MaddenSudeikis Well-Known Member

    Good job with it. That scene makes me cringe from pain every time.
     
  7. mcpon14

    mcpon14 Well-Known Member

    I agree. It was so visceral. It reminded me of the scene in the first Saw movie where the guy had to saw off his own ankle and when the Jackass crew had to give themselves papercuts with the sharp-edged flaps of manila envelopes.
     
  8. kingricefan

    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    The scene in the movie induces the terror it's supposed to. I think if they had done it the way it's done in the book it would have become the ultimate gross-out. I think the execs at Castle Rock were correct in their thinking- the audience (at that time) wouldn't have been able to handle it.
     
  9. mcpon14

    mcpon14 Well-Known Member

    I agree. I think it is to get a wider audience because the market for that kind of violence is too narrow.
     
  10. Kingfisher

    Kingfisher Well-Known Member

    If you think about it, that form of hobbling would have been more effective to keep a person captive. The visceral effect of cutting off an appendage and cauterizing it has a psychological terror attached to it but the limb itself would heal and a stump can be somewhat functional I'd guess. Completely reshattering a leg is a whole different story. That limb is basically unusable, the captive would be going nowhere without being in excruciating pain.
     
  11. flipska19

    flipska19 Disremember

  12. FlakeNoir

    FlakeNoir Beta Tester Moderator

    :eek: Oh no... it's not 'that' scene, is it? Please don't make me watch the painful scene...! :biggrin2:
     
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  13. Pucker

    Pucker Here comes Pucker in his U.N.C.L.E. sweater

    I see the hobbling as a more immediate visual image. I think it works better on film because it's dead-bang. You see it coming the same way you would see the electric knife coming, but the actual crack of the hammer is more "right now," whereas your imagination can take as long as it likes to work out your foot being sawn off -- and how long that might take -- when you read about it.

    It's the difference between that sudden "gasp" moment and a more drawn-out "shuddering" moment.

    Or so it seems to me.
     
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  14. Aericanwizard

    Aericanwizard Well-Known Member

    I recently watched the film "Audition", which contains a much more violent form of hobbling than the film version of "Misery".

    One character removes another's foot with piano wire.

    I couldn't watch it. It's not overly graphic, but my stomach was still doing flips on me.
     
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