Attitudes towards kinky sex have definitely improved over the last couple of years. I hate to say it, but there may be a slight possibility that 50 Shades of Grey had something to do with it.

People have realised that there's no shame in moving away from 'vanilla' sex, and experimenting with dressing up, whips, ropes and handcuffs.

Hey, if you get turned on by dressing like a dog and barking at trees - you do you. Everyone's got a kink, afterall.

However, this latest Stephen King adaptation may put you off handcuffs a little bit. Always get the cheap ones from Poundland - that's my advice.

If you didn't know Stephen King from his novels, then you'll presumably know him now from the extensive promotional campaigns around the latest adaptation of It.

The campaigns did their job in alerting people to the brilliance of King's work, which also led to people's curiosity over Gerald's Game, the Netflix adaptation of another of the author's books.

The story is about a couple who head out to a remote part of New England in search of relaxation, recuperation and kinky fun times.

Based on the book of the same name, the film sees Jessie and Gerald Burlingame head to a retreat in Maine to spice up their once-much-spicier sex-life. Gerald, already bearing some aggressive tendencies, decides the best way to do this is to handcuff his wife to the bed, with not just one, but two sets of handcuffs.

Watch the trailer below, but be warned - I had to pause it because it made me panic a bit...


Credit: Netflix

As you'd expect though, the sex-life of this couple isn't the most intense thing in the film.

There's one scene in particular that reportedly made at least one viewer pass out because of how gruesome it is.

After Gerald securely handcuffs his missus to the bed post, and takes a steady amount of Viagra, he has a heart attack and dies on top of her.

As if that happening, plus him having the key to her restraints wasn't bad enough for Jessie, a stray dog eventually wanders in and begins eating her fella's corpse. This, as it would with anyone, sends her into a frenzy and forces her to take drastic measures to free herself.

Credit: Netflix/Gerald's Game

In a Saw inspired sequence, Jessie reaches for a glass, smashes it and then uses a shard to slice her skin off so it's easy to slide her hand out of the cuff.

Reaching for the glass she smashes it on a shelf above the bed. She discards the majority of the broken pieces, leaving the largest.

She pushes it into the side of the shelf so that it's there for her to run the bottom of her hand across it, using it almost like a saw.

When she's done enough she slips it through the handcuff, which peels back the skin like a glove, revealing the bones and tendons. It's really, really not for the faint hearted.

It'll come as no surprise that to film this sort of stuff it's not easy.

The film's director, Mike Flanagan (not to be confused with working class cockney comedian Micky Flanagan) said that he actually had to refrain from reading bits of the book.

"When I was reading [Gerald's Game] for the first time, I had to put the book down. It turned my stomach just reading it. Visually, I don't think we even took it as far as he took it in the book. I think the hand/glove came just about completely off," he told Slash Film.

"For us we had it kind of flop back down afterwards because it was just too grizzly. I heard people say, 'Oh my God, it's even worse than described'. I don't think it actually is."

Featured Image Credit: Netflix

Mel Ramsay

Mel Ramsay is the Senior Journalist at PRETTY52 but has worked at LADbible Group as part of the LADbible editorial team since 2015. She started her career writing obituaries and funeral guides online. Since then, her work has been published in a wide variety of national and local news sites. She is part of the BBC's Generation project and has spoken about young people, politics and mental health on television, radio and online. Contact her - mel.ramsay@pretty52.com

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