Misery (1990)

Mike Matei / October 6th, 2015


  • The Kaleidoscopic God

    October 6, 2015 at 3:12 am

    Of the films shown so far this one is definitely my favorite. Let’s watch this review…

    • y2j420

      October 7, 2015 at 12:05 am

      I’m simply replying here for my comment is on the front page of comments…

      Will American Gothic be reviewed this year?

      What are your (James and Mike) thoughts on Svenghoulie?

      • Carlo

        October 7, 2015 at 1:35 pm

        Dude seriously

      • MrBrrumpkins

        October 8, 2015 at 10:09 am

        haha. Well, at least they said it straight up.

  • Radelta

    October 6, 2015 at 3:13 am

    Nice. I love this movie and ive always wanted to hear james’ take on it.

  • October 6, 2015 at 3:23 am

    Can’t believe he didn’t mention the hammer scene. One of the single most memorable scenes in movie history

    • The Kaleidoscopic God

      October 6, 2015 at 4:47 am

      I think he’s purposely not spoiling it.

    • chris jackso

      October 6, 2015 at 12:32 pm

      of course he doesnt mention the most memorable scenes because like he said he “doesnt wanna ruin it”

    • October 6, 2015 at 3:22 pm

      I created an account just to say thank you for spoiling this for me. I was about to watch this but now there really isn’t a point. 🙁

      • October 6, 2015 at 3:59 pm

        It’s a 25 year old film. Get over it.

      • Belial

        October 6, 2015 at 6:24 pm

        Darth Vader is also Luke Skywalker’s father, Bruce Willis in the Sixth Sense has been dead all along, and Rosebud was a sled.

        There’s three more movies you will never enjoy.

      • October 6, 2015 at 11:51 pm

        Why would you watch a review of a movie you have never seen before, or especially one you are about to watch and expect some of it not to be spoiled….doesn’t make much sense to me. Why didn’t you watch this after the actual film if you were just about to watch it?

      • piratinflas

        October 7, 2015 at 12:52 am

        But he only said the word hammer, that’s not much of a spoiler, it has nothing to do with the way the movie ends….go ahead and watch the film.

      • lotusclown

        October 7, 2015 at 1:07 am

        oh STFU!
        you douchebags are the reason reviews suck nowadays, cause the reviewers won’t tell jack shit about the movie cause they’re so scared of upsetting you asshats, get a fucking life.

      • TagaZok

        October 7, 2015 at 1:28 am

        Like everyone sais why watch arevu before watching the movie
        Or this is just crap u sais for making james and Mike feel cheap….liar

      • October 7, 2015 at 2:47 am

        I can easily recommend seeing this movie. No matter what. Even if you’ve seen it before. It’s a great film and great films are worth of seeing more than once.

    • MrBrrumpkins

      October 8, 2015 at 10:11 am

      Yeah. I am watching it now after years and years and just saw the hammer scene. Nothing was spoiled. I was jumping up and down from phantom pain.

  • October 6, 2015 at 3:24 am

    James and/or Mike have got to be relating to this at least a little, with the AVGN fanbase.

    • JayRam

      October 6, 2015 at 11:00 am

      Motherfuckers can be downright rabid at times. Wouldn’t surprise me one bit if some of them have thought about storming James’ house, weilding pitchforks and torches.

    • chris jackso

      October 6, 2015 at 12:34 pm

      mike has alot less pressure and he hasnt been doing this for nearly as long, nearly as much. james is probably getting a little tired and should honestly take a break, but he keeps pumping em out like the dedicated mothafucka we know him as

    • handsome pete

      October 6, 2015 at 1:35 pm

      The AVGN fanbase looks pretty mild to me, relatively speaking.

    • October 6, 2015 at 11:54 pm

      That and the response to this years “Unscripted” MM episodes…it’s like shit fucking relax, this shit isn’t easy to do.

  • Jojo Frekote

    October 6, 2015 at 4:04 am

    I believe in all of William Goldman’s adaptations of King works, he has translated the author character from the paranoid-King-type to the cool-cat-type to better reflect his self image. That may sound disparaging but just honest. It definitely works for Jimmy Caan though.

  • jasonjrf

    October 6, 2015 at 4:16 am

    Nice one great film

  • Fred . Fuchs

    October 6, 2015 at 4:37 am

    Yes, I love this movie. Good review. It’s also great how it makes you believe one thing and then it turns the situation around. The camera shots are interesting too.

  • October 6, 2015 at 4:44 am

    never seen the film but saw robot chicken and family guy parody this film.. the robot chicken one used the characters from Peanuts and had sally in the role of Kathy Bates character while Linus was in the author’s role.. it was funny yet morbid

  • Kevin McLaughlin

    October 6, 2015 at 5:32 am

    I can’t stand the film snoot mentality of labeling horror films as thrillers. The same thing happened to Jaws on Imdb, it’s listed as a thriller, whilst all the Jaws sequels are listed as horror, simply because the critics don’t give a damn about those. They don’t want the horror label anywhere near films they actually like.

  • culwin

    October 6, 2015 at 5:43 am

    I would like to see more output from you, James. More AVGN, more Monster Madness, more videos all around. I’m your biggest fan. Anything you want at the store?

  • Psychojaws

    October 6, 2015 at 6:02 am

    One of my all time favorite movies! This is definitely one of the best Stephen King adaptations, if not the best. The book was amazing, but I think I prefer the movie over the book (a rare feat in and of itself)! Great work, guys! Six down 25 to go!

    • MrBrrumpkins

      October 6, 2015 at 6:57 pm

      No Shawshank…The Shining..aight. I know, opinions, yada yada yada.

      • Psychojaws

        October 16, 2015 at 7:00 am

        Yeah, should have mentioned them. They’re great, too.

  • Don Skiver

    October 6, 2015 at 6:36 am

    Oooh! Good choice my friend! I wouldn’t classify Misery as “horror” per se, but more of a “thriller” because for much of the movie you’re sitting all tensed up with your heart racing!

    It’s not scary, but you so desperately want to see him get away from that crazy bitch lol.

    • Elwin Rijken

      October 6, 2015 at 10:23 am

      Yeah for me its the difference between scary and suspensefull. This movie is one of the best suspensefilms ever made IMO.
      And I would categorize this as thriller because there’s no supernatural element in it. I always draw the line there in terms of drawing a line between horror and thriller.

      • Elwin Rijken

        October 6, 2015 at 10:24 am

        Ow that was a shitty sentence where is the edit button hahaha

  • October 6, 2015 at 6:49 am

    tried to watch it a couple of times, its just not to my taste i think

  • Cilliandrew

    October 6, 2015 at 8:14 am

    Nice review, James. And yes I can totally see you and Mike feeling these pressures. Right now i think no one feels this as much as George RR MARTIN!! 😛

  • Joker83

    October 6, 2015 at 8:58 am

    Misery is now on Broadway starring Bruce Willis and it’s awesome! Gotta check it out

  • October 6, 2015 at 9:14 am

    James yo dirty bird, you’ve gone and picked a good one here.

  • J. Hinson

    October 6, 2015 at 9:37 am


  • Jackred89

    October 6, 2015 at 9:41 am

    73. Misery you finally did one of my requests for Monster Madness. I love this movie as not only follows the book perfectly. But the acting is also one of the best in movies based on his work. It simply works better than some horror both before & after. Thank you so much for reviewing Misery. I am hoping to see more of my requests to be done.

  • October 6, 2015 at 9:46 am

    He didn’t get out of the cockadoodie car!

  • barlitone

    October 6, 2015 at 9:49 am

    It is amazing how close this movie is to the source material. Going from book to film requires a lot of work, as most books do not work well as screenplays. You can convey things in a book easily that you can’t in film, and vice versa. But this movie really hits all the key events in the book and doesn’t skip on much. Notably, the infamous hobbling scene was toned down from the book, but what they replaced it with works well. This movie is the most faithful adaptation of a King book by a long shot, and probably one of, if not the, best Stephen King movie ever.

  • CrushingC10996WM

    October 6, 2015 at 10:10 am

    You know a horror movie’s good if it wins an academy award

  • PhantomExdeath

    October 6, 2015 at 11:08 am

    Hahaha man hearing James saying how he sympathizes with the pressures of getting something out there was not the direction I wanted this review to go to. You must do it over again, James! AGAIN. I love you James.

  • leil01

    October 6, 2015 at 11:28 am

    Family Guy ruins it for me…

  • October 6, 2015 at 11:31 am

    all I can say is thanks for NOT including the hobbling scene! That one always makes my testicles suck back into my gut!

  • pj0T

    October 6, 2015 at 11:56 am

    Great film, and great review without the heavy spoilers

  • October 6, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    I wonder how many fans came to King after and said being his number 1 fan xD.. Fanatics can be scary y’know.

  • Mac Tonight

    October 6, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    One of the better Stephen King adaptations, now whenever I see James caan I can’t help but think of buddy the elf. James I don’t know if you’ve done Maximum Overdrive but that was one of the better Stephen King films and all the music was done by ac/dc.

  • Spottedfeather

    October 6, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    I never expected this from you guys. A non horror movie for a month long horror/monster movie review show ? Misery is neither horror nor monster. Or are you counting this in the “madness” part of the show ?

    • Tizzad

      October 6, 2015 at 1:09 pm

      You’re being somewhat pedantic. If you want James to clarify every instance of “psychological thriller,” and how that genre of film incorporates horror elements and tropes, then you’ll get a boring video. Misery is written by a well-known horror author, it has elements of psychopathy and psychological terror that movie monsters inspire, there’s tension, the hopelessness of escape, and so on. There’s enough here to suggest, or debate, that it’s both horror, and has a horror monster – neither of which are necessarily requirements, as it happens.

      • Spottedfeather

        October 7, 2015 at 10:07 pm

        horror movies are stuff like Frankenstein, Dracula, you know….monster movies. They can also be slasher stuff like Friday The 13th, Halloween, etc. They can also be stuff involving zombies. Misery is a thriller. It’s also a drama to a certain extent….

  • jake westbrook

    October 6, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    I haven’t seen this one. of course you mentioned this last year and it only gets more compelling every time I see clips.

  • greedo

    October 6, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    Nice review, James! One quibble I have, though. While I think you’re right that he is speaking to the demand of fans on authors to create more great work, you’re missing the larger point. Stephen King wrote Misery to explore the idea of fans who were obsessed with celebrities. I believe he got the idea after his encounter with Mark David Chapman, the infamous killer of John Lennon. (Before he murdered Lennon, of course).

    Other than that, great review. Having read and seen both the novel and the movie, I’d definitely recommend to people do both. The film is great, the book is better, and they definitely did water down some of the violence of the King novel when they made the movie!

    • Lastor

      October 6, 2015 at 4:19 pm

      Now that we’re on “larger points”, Misery was a movie we studied for a couple of days at this week-long introduction to screenwriting I had as part of a course. I can’t take credit for discovering this myself, but beneath the survival thriller and exploration of fears over obsessive fandom, it’s about alcoholism and drug addiction. It’s hidden very well, but apparently it’s been confirmed by King himself.

      Then again, I don’t have the source so my word is just as reliable as anyone else’s. Point is, Misery deserves a watch!

      • greedo

        October 7, 2015 at 9:28 pm

        Interesting! Now that you mention it, I do recall that the main character was an alcoholic. I think the story has several layers to it. Certainly, I think that one of King’s main points was that fame is a prison. I do recall reading that King had met Chapman, and that he had asked him for an autograph and a photo. That supposedly was the inspiration behind it. But that’s neither here, nor there. It is definitely worth a watch, like you said!

  • Santiago Gonzalez jr

    October 6, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    Guys start asking James if he’s seen V.H.S. … maybe it will get his attention if everyone starts talking about it!! It’s a awesome horror movie!! Please help me out guy’s

  • The Wicker Man

    October 6, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    “Kathy Bates is pheneomenal, how she switches between being kind and gentle to downright monstrous.”

    Reminds me of my ex-girlfriend.

  • October 6, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    You shoulda mentioned that stephen King actually had a crash in the snow and was actually harassed by a fan of the Dark Tower saga 😉

    • greedo

      October 7, 2015 at 9:28 pm

      That I did not know. He must get a lot of obsessed fans following him.

  • October 6, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    just wondering if you guys have reviewed thinner a 1996 stephen king film if not that is one of my favorites and you guys should look into it

  • Weldin Dunn

    October 6, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    I don’t know why, but I knew you were going to do this this year.

  • October 6, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    I hope you review Shaun of the Dead this October. That movie’s a modern-day classic if you ask me.

  • October 6, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    No Sleepaway series?? That’s a shame.

  • christburner

    October 6, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    nice! love this movie. Have you, James, or anyone else here seen the crazy lady in bookstore video on youtube? (not a plug for my channel just a relevant, humorous video) i found it quite laughable 🙂 anyway . great job James and Mike

  • Dave Shocon

    October 6, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    hobble hobble!

  • Tanooki suit mario

    October 6, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    I tend to ruin movies while I watch them. I Wikipedia the plot to any movie I’m watching. I don’t get how people can spoil films . Untill you’ve seen it you can’t get the full experience,even if you already know what happens. When you watch your favorite movie you already know what happens but you watch it anyway. So you shouldn’t worry to much about spoiling movies for people.

  • DMM_poo

    October 6, 2015 at 8:58 pm

    I just got this movie on vhs as a gift from a friend. I’ve never seen it, even though it came out when I was a kid and it was super popular. Thank you for inspiring me to watch it tonight. It’s great so far.

  • Labyrinth2_0

    October 6, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    Hey James, have you ever considered reeviewing Eaten Alive (1977)? It’s about a psychotic redneck who owns a dilapidated hotel in the backwater swamps of Louisiana that kills people who upset him or his business, than feeds their bodies to a large crocodile that he keeps as a pet in the swamp beside his hotel.

    The director was the same one who made The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Tobe Hooper.

  • Sweetdeath

    October 6, 2015 at 11:03 pm

    One of my favorite book to movies of King’s stories. Kathy Bates really made it for me. Both actors are incredibly convincing.

  • Berkeley_Bum

    October 7, 2015 at 1:12 am

    Even in her more lighthearted roles, Kathy Bates has always scared the shit out of me because of this movie.

  • gluserty

    October 7, 2015 at 1:13 am

    The Escape channel ran this film all throughout last month. Excellent picture!

  • TagaZok

    October 7, 2015 at 1:24 am

    This movie was and is as excellent as the book read it see it thats for me is what à classic is all about. Good job James

  • Stephanie Cutrere

    October 7, 2015 at 2:16 am

    She’s Obsessive, Insane, Passive Aggressive, Fanatical and almost resembles Kim Davis who is also Obsessive, Insane, Passive Aggressive and Fanatical. And deserving of the Oscar she was. Kathy Bates is awesome in American Horror Story or anything she has starred in and this film proves she has come a long way.

  • Stephanie Cutrere

    October 7, 2015 at 2:21 am

    James, have you thought about reviewing a couple of low budget films like 1971’s “The Brotherhood of Satan” with L.Q. Jones and Strother Martin & 1973’s “SSSSSSS (‘Ssssnake’ in The UK)” with Strother and Dirk Benedict?

  • October 7, 2015 at 2:44 am

    I can also recommend to read the novel. It’s a very short (at least in King’s standards) and so excellent. I would say the novel works better than the movie although the movie is also very good.

  • fcabanski

    October 7, 2015 at 3:07 am

    Annie is like a less insane version of Rosie O’Donnel.

  • October 7, 2015 at 8:50 am

    That was excellent! That review makes me want to go grab this one, I haven’t seen it in years! Keep up the good work James!!

    • October 7, 2015 at 9:14 pm

      A lot of movies that James recommends seeing aren’t really that great, but Misery is spectacular. Definitely watch it.

  • October 7, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    So Misery is the name. I think I saw the Family Guy Parody of it befor even knowing about this movie. I am not sure I only know it looks awesome. I really need to see this. I love movies about insane people.

  • October 7, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    Misery is one of my favorites. Definitely go see it!

  • Grandmasterp

    October 8, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    Ahh yes. Kathy Bates, American sweetheart.

  • October 8, 2015 at 9:43 pm

    Kathy Bates is awesome in this movie. She is a great actress. Also in “Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café” she plays so brilliant, the development of her character from this obediant house wife to this self concious tough woman is just amazing.

  • MadHitz

    October 12, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    I rented this from the on-campus library when I was in college, and I was blown away.

  • ChristianSCWS

    October 25, 2015 at 11:30 am

    does she rape him in this film? With all the male on female rape scenes in horror films, This could’ve been a really good opportunity to turn the tables on the audience. Probably would’ve made people too uncomfortable to do it. I haven’t seen the film but I bet she doesn’t rape him… if the gender roles were reversed, the villan totally would in any other horror film

  • Ben_from_G-town

    October 31, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    I’ve got that movie. It’s great.

  • City Sleeps

    April 1, 2016 at 9:32 am

    James, that was pretty shitty of you to relate to Paul Sheldon’s feelings towards Misery.

  • Weldin Dunn

    June 10, 2017 at 2:10 am

    It’s pronounced James Khan

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