In the "Kill the Bitch" tradition of FATAL ATTRACTION, this adaptation of Stephen King's misogynist fable about a "serious" (male) author trapped by his own "frivolous" (female) commercial creation isn't quite satisfying either as a flat-out horror screamer or a psychological thriller.
Paul Sheldon (Caan), the creator of the fabulously successful romance-novel heroine Misery Chastain, has a fan in Annie Wilkes (Bates) who is willing to die for him. The trouble is, after she discovers Sheldon has killed off his series of "Misery" novels in order to write "serious" fiction, Annie
wants to take him with her.
Director Rob Reiner is clearly more comfortable with ...