Secret Window (2004)
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Some windows should never be opened.
|Mort rainey, a writer just coming off a troublesome divorce with his ex-wife, amy, finds himself stalked at his remote lake house by a psychotic stranger who claims mort stole his best story idea (changing just the ending). Based on a steven king novel: secret window, secret garden.|
"Bloody, bone-chilling fun. Steven Rae, Philadelphia Inquirer
Editor's NoteBased on a Stephen King novella, the psychological thriller SECRET WINDOW is reminiscent of an Alfred Hitchcock film. Eccentric author Mort Rainey (Johnny Depp) finds his life spiraling out of control. With a drinking problem and a cigarette habit he can't shake, Mort can barely function when his wife (Maria Bello) leaves him and he abandons his work. In the midst of his anguish, a deranged man, John Shooter, (John Turturro) appears at Mort's New York cabin, claiming that Mort has plagiarized one of his stories. As his wife pushes Mort to finalize their divorce and Shooter systematically destroys his life, he struggles to restore order to an increasingly insane situation.Playing off of Turturro who is superb as the crazed, Gothic Shooter, Johnny Depp shines in his role with a quirky, brilliant performance. The mannerisms he brings to Mort, such as a problem with a clenched jaw, makes the author's descent into madness compelling and believable. With an emphasis on character study over special effects, the chills provided by this film rely on skilled acting and evoke thrillers of earlier generations like PSYCHO and STRANGERS ON A TRAIN, including a shocking twist of an ending.
Cast & Crew
|David Koepp - Screenplay|
|David Koepp - Director|
|Fred Murphy - Cinematographer|
|Gavin Polone - Producer|
|Jill Savitt - Editor|
|Philip Glass, et al. - Original Music By|
|Stephen King - Based On Novella By|