While the book was often considered unfilmable because of how much of it takes place in Jesse's mind, director Mike Flanagan, the filmmaker behind the Netflix gem Hush and the recent Ouija: Origin of Evil, saw an opportunity. As he told Thrillist in a recent interview, he was drawn to the book precisely because it was so different from the more otherwordly scares found in King's other books. It's purely psychological.
"The horror of it is borne out of repressed trauma and it's set against this immediate survival story," explained Flannagan. "But there are no distractions. There are no other humans in this room. The threats aren't a monster coming around the corner or a ghost crawling down the stairs. The threat is time."
You'll have plenty of time to watch this thriller when it arrives on Netflix on September 29. But, please, keep the handcuffs in the drawer while you stream.