This is my 7th of 31 reviews of Stephen King adaptations as part of the joint Blogathon that Darren (of Movie Reviews 101) and I are running this month in honor of the great horror writer.
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Number of Times Seen – 1 (4 Oct 2015)
Brief Synopsis – After being bitten by a poisonous snake, a man is thought to have had a heart attack and is sent to the autopsy room where he must watch in horror as the doctors prep him for an autopsy
My Take on it – I think I once again found another gem among this anthology of stories.
This movie works on the fear that we all have of being incapacitated while something horrible is happening but still being conscious of it occurring.
The idea that a patient who is having an autopsy preformed on him is really alive while seeing and hearing everything happening truly is a frightening feeling.
Richard Thomas is excellent as the voice of reason pleading to keep his body intact that can’t be heard by anyone.
Once again, I think this story is a bit too short and would have benefited even more by being slightly longer.
The suspense works excellently and it truly is not easy to watch this without feeling like you are there with him.
Bottom Line – Plays very well on the fear that most people have of being conscious while something horrible is happening to them without any way of communicating. Richard Thomas is great as the bodyless voice trying to reason while not being heard. Would have been even better if it was longer. Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The plot is based on the set-up of the short story “Breakdown” by Louis Pollock, originally published in Collier’s Magazine in 1947, in which the protagonist is paralyzed in an auto accident, and must prove that he is alive. At one point in the King story, the protagonist explicitly thinks about a television version of “Breakdown”.(From Wikipedia)
Rating – Oscar Worthy
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