In and her father. Later, the camera slowly
In “Gerald’s Game,” the central character Jessie Burlingame (Carla Gugino), and her husband Gerald (Bruce Greenwood) arrived at a remote lake house in Alabama for a romantic getaway. They encountered a stray dog on their way to the lakehouse. Afterwards, Jessie calls out to the stray dog whom she saw earlier and fed him raw meat. When re-entering the house, she leaves the front door open. In an attempt to save their strained marriage, and rekindle their sex life, Gerald suggests that he should handcuff Jessie onto the bed. She reluctantly agrees, and he proceeds to take a viagra tablet. While she was chained to the bedframe post, Gerald begins to try to spice up their love life, but she became uncomfortable with his violent fantasy. Suddenly, Gerald has a heart-attack mid-way through a heated argument with her. He dies, and his body falls off the bed, leaving Jessie locked in the handcuffs. Jessie becomes desperate to survive and escape, but also starts to hallucinate. What follows in Jessie’s hallucination is cinematically visions of herself, her husband, and her traumatic past of her sexually abused by her father. The three scenes that I choose from the film revolves around Jessie having a flashback vision of her younger self and her father helping her nurture her injured hand. The scene then flashes forward to Jessie, who is trapped onto the bed frame. Within the first scene of the film, the camera shot shown is a medium shot and two shot. Jessie’s younger self and her father were positioned beside each other and within the camera frame. The camera zoomed towards the mirror reflection of Jessie and her father. Later, the camera slowly zoomed out and panned to the right.The second shot presents a flash forward scene, and it follows an extreme close-up shot and a reaction shot of Jessie’s eyes staring directly at the camera. The third shot then returns to the flashback scene of Jessie’s father wrapping her injured hand and molesting her in the washroom. The camera shot shown is a long shot and two shot. Zooming effect is shown in the scene as the camera slowly moves away from the scene of younger Jessie and her father. Diegesis dialogue is used to cue the viewers about the flashback. The camera slowly continues to zoom out, giving the viewer a full shot of Jessie who is attached to the bed frame. The camera pans to the right showing a stray dog who is tearing Gerald’s arm off. The camera continues to zoom out and eventually pauses to focuses on Jessie’s right hand. Motivated lighting, soft lighting, and low-key lighting play a crucial part of the mise-en-scene. In the first shot, motivated lighting was used, and the light source was the lamp in the washroom. In the second set, soft lighting was used in the extreme close up scene of Jessie’s eyes. In the third scene, the camera moves out from Jessie’s flashback to her present time. Afterwards, the lighting changed from motivated lighting to low-key lighting. Each set of this film has its characteristics and stylistic choices that play well with the mise-en-scene. The interpretation of this film analysis will revolve around the topic of genre films. “Genre films explore aspects of the actual world in imaginative ways, magnifying certain conflicts and intensifying various emotions.”(Nicholas, 2010). The type of genre “Gerald’s Game” posits is horror, as “fear, suspense, horror, shock, surprise, disgust, repulsion, and relief” (Nichols, 2010) are all shown within the film. “Gerald’s Game” is an example of horror film with such profound psychological and emotional scope. The disgust of horror was shown at the end of the film. It presents how Jessie extricates herself from the handcuffs by breaking a glass cup and cutting parts of her wrists. Another disgusting aspect of the film is shown when the stray dog starts tearing off the skin of Geralds’ arm to eat. The following scenes tell a story of the main character who succumbs to her own inner shadow and forced to confront it. Within the three scenes, it depicts how the horror aspect reflected more within Jesse’s mind, where her intangible demons haunt her. The horror begins after Geralds death scene, as Jesse starts to hallucinate and reanimates him, creating an illusion and a phantom version of herself. Her brain forces her to rethink her marriage with Gerald and her personal history, while also her desperate plea to escape. It reveals how her father was molesting her in the washroom while bandaging her injured hand. The director, Mike Flanagan, display his directing tactics by examining the external and internal horror of the main character in a disturbingly way.In the last scene, it demonstrates how Jessie is repressing what her father has done in the past by sexually abusing her. The setting illustrates how the present day Jesse has constructed an exoskeleton on herself, and throughout the hallucinations, she finds out how to unravel that. At the end of the last scene, viewer notice that Jessie’s attentiveness and her illusions lead to her victory in freeing herself from the horrors of her subconscious mind. Thus, the interpretation of this film analysis revolved around the genre of horror film, as the scenes describe the main character psychological fear.