You know, the only thing that matters is the ending. It’s the most important part of the story, the ending. And this one… is very good. This one’s perfect.
So I watched this movie on recommendation from a friend and loved it. It is a psychological thriller from Stephen King’s book; Secret Window, Secret Garden. King got the idea for this novella from the many people who claim that that he has stolen plot ideas for different works from them. In this story, instead of the person being just delusional, they are also demented.
Now this film has had mixed reviews. I loved it and I showed it to some friends who also thought it was really good. However I have had friends who hated it, they thought it was too kitschy and predictable.
Johnny Depp plays Mort, an author (of course).
So the film starts out with Mort discovering his wife is having an affair. He decides to go to Maine, as they do in almost every Stephen King film, to an isolated cabin, (another Stephen King Usual (SKU). Mort is a writer (SKU), and decides that he will be able to get over his writer’s block (SKU) in the middle of nowhere than at home (SKU). He also had to leave the house as his wife is getting the house in the divorce.
One day he is confronted by a man called John Shooter, played by John Turturro, who does an amazing job at being extremely creepy.
Shooter has come to demand Mort to give him credit as he’s convinced that Mort stole his story, “Sowing Season”. Mort just blows him off, but Shooter leaves his manuscript and threats behind.
Mort tosses out the manuscript and moves on, but unbeknowest to him, his cleaning lady pulls it out and leaves it on the table. Mort than reads the story and realizes that Shooter’s story is just like his story, “The Secret Window”.
The next day, Mort is out and about and runs into Shooter. They argue over who wrote it first; Mort happily telling him that his story was written and published a full year before. He has proof as he has a copy of the magazine it was published in at his home. Shooter is furious about this and tells him that he has three days to deliver the magazine as proof or else.
Mort doesn’t really care to listen to Shooter’s threats.
However, Mort quickly discovers that Shooter’s threats are not harmless. Shooter starts stalking him and his ex-wife. Bodies start piling up, as Mort goes down a road of insanity, trying to discover the truth of who is Shooter and why is he after him.
Just like some of the previous films, the end is too good for me to reveal. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
Here’s a facebook cover I made for my countdown to Halloween.
To start Horrorfest from the beginning, go to I Don’t Belong in the World
To go to the previous post, go to A Tale So Strange It Must Be True
For more on Stephen King, go to He Who Walks Behind the Rows
For more films based on a book, go to A Fright on Halloween Night
For more on Johnny Depp, go to Whatever You Do Don’t Fall Asleep