Novelist Paul Sheldon doesn't remember the blinding blizzard that sent his car spinning off the road. He doesn't remember being nursed back from unconsciousness. But he will never forget Annie Wilkes.
James Caan and Academy Award® winner* Kathy Bates star in the bone-shattering thriller Misery, adapted from the novel by Stephen King. As Paul (Caan) recuperates from his injuries in the secluded cabin of his benefactor Annie (Bates), he begins to discover that beneath the seemingly kind and naive exterior of his self-described "number one fan" lurks a mind that is cunning, unhinged, and bent on keeping her favorite writer as her personal prisoner for the rest of his "cock-a-doodie" life ... and Sheldon must engage his savior-turned-captor in a battle of wills that will push them both to the brink.
Adapted by two-time Oscar®-winning** screenwriter William Goldman and directed by Rob Reiner (Stand By Me, The Princess Bride), Misery is considered by critics and fans (number ones and others) to be among the greatest horror-thrillers of all-time. Revisit this classic tonight with your friends ... after all, Misery loves company.
*1990: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, Misery
**1969: Writing, Screenplay Based On Material from Another Medium, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid; 1976, Writing, Story and Screenplay Based on Material Not Previously Published or Produced, All The President's Men
Why We Love It
“It's true the infamous hobbling scene has made Rob Reiner's Misery an unforgettable horror movie, ranking as one of the most gruesomely shocking moments in cinema. But what really makes the Stephen King adaptation a memorable and enduring film is Kathy Bates' convincingly creepy, Oscar-winning performance as the dangerous psychopath Annie Wilkes, a disturbed woman with a perverse obsession for James Caan's romance novelist Paul Sheldon. The Blu-ray, from Shout factory, crashes into home theaters with a first-rate, near-reference picture quality and a great lossless audio presentation.” – M. Enois Duarte, High Def Digest
“With [Rob Reiner’s] direction, James Caan’s and Kathy Bates’ performances, Barry Sonnenfeld’s masterful cinematography, and Marc Shaiman’s terrific score, it’s one of the finest character-driven suspense films ever made. Scream Factory’s treatment of it is top of the line, as to be expected, and is an essential disc to own for horror fans.” – Tim Salmons, The Digital Bits
“For this reviewer’s money Misery is the best Stephen King Adaptation put to screen. It’s been given an amazing Blu-Ray edition by Scream Factory to match its greatness. Highest possible recommendations .” – A.W. Kautner, The Movie Isle
“I have owned Misery on several formats and I’ve never seen the film look this beautiful! Scream Factory has provided fans with a stunning transfer of a film I truly adore, and I couldn’t be happier with how this 4K restoration turned out!” – Patrick McCabe, We Live Entertainment
“Seeing this movie nearly 30 years later, it’s aged very well. Bates’ character is still as eerie as ever and I still found myself tense and taut by the time the infamous “hobbling” scene came around. Scream Factory has loaded this up with supplements, improved the picture and given us no reason not to pick up a copy.” – Matt Brighton and Fusion3600, Blu-ray Authority
- NEW 4K Restoration From The Original Film Elements
- NEW Interview With Director Rob Reiner
- NEW Interview With Special Makeup Effects Artist Greg Nicotero
- Audio Commentary With Rob Reiner
- Audio Commentary With Screenwriter William Goldman
- “Misery Loves Company” Featurette
- “Marc Shaiman’s Musical MiseryTour” Featurette
- “Diagnosing Annie Wilkes” Featurette
- “Advice For The Stalked” Featurette
- “Profile Of A Stalker” Featurette
- “Celebrity Stalkers” Featurette
- “Anti-Stalking Laws” Featurette
Misery [Collector's Edition]