Speaking with an illogically soothing demeanour (“Shh, darling, trust me…”), psycho-nurse Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates) introduces the concept of "hobbling" to imprisoned writer Paul Sheldon (James Caan).
Lodging a block of wood between his ankles and picking up her sledgehammer, the full horror of what she's about to do dawns on Paul – and us.
Director Rob Reiner worried Stephen King’s original - where Annie chops off one foot with an axe and cauterises the stump - was overly harsh. But his brain-persecuting twist is even more twisted. Kind of like Paul's ankles once it's over.