STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1
VERDICT – 4/5
1) An author is saved by his “number one fan” after his car is met with a blizzard accident. He later realizes that he is now a captive at her remote home as his savior turns out to be a psychopathic ex-nurse [and a possible infant serial killer].
2) Kathy Bates as Annie Wilkes gave her definitive performance as the obsessive fan and a cold-blooded psychopath.
3) The “hobbling” scene where Annie breaks the author’s ankles with a sledgehammer.
Annie Wilkes: Paul, do you know about the early days at the Kimberly diamond mines? Do you know what they did to the Native workers who stole diamonds? Don’t worry, they didn’t kill them. That would be like junking your Mercedes just because it had a broken spring. No, if they caught them, they had to make sure they could go on working, but they also had to make sure they could never run away. The operation was called hobbling.