Writer Paul Sheldon (James Caan), has just finished his latest novel at the Silver Creek Lodge in Colorado. On the road back to the city, he is caught in a snow storm and flips his car, rolling off the road down a bank in the snow. Badly injured and bruised from the crash, he is rescued by Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates), a former nurse who ironically is Paul’s “Number One Fan”. She takes the writer back to her home hidden in the mountain side and nurses Paul back from his injuries.
Rob Reiner’s suspense thriller based on a Stephen King novel of the same name, is considered to be one of the scariest movies of all time, and arguably the best Stephen King film adaptation in the eyes of many critics. The film stars James Caan, and Kathy Bates in her most excellent performance on screen, a role that saw the actress taking home several Best Actress awards that year, when the film was released.
No doubt Kathy Bates at her best in this film. Brilliant how her switch of emotion and facial expressions make for one convincing “number one fan from hell”. The human horror is authentic, and Kathy Bates is quite the scare. Not to toss aside James Caan’s performance in this, who opposite Bates loose screws, is also great and convinces us of the fear of the predicament he is in.
Just like Michael Crichton, Stephen King is another novelist whose work fairly translates well on film. Its hard to agree whether this is actually the best adaptation out there amongst other adapted titles like “Carrie (1976)”, “The Shining (1980)”, “Stand By Me(1986)”, and “The Green Mile (1999)” just to name a few. Each one is equally excellent in its own way as well. I do agree with this being one of the scariest movies out there though, as it presents true human horror and a reality that anyone can unluckily be caught in.