- 2 hr 11 min
"Desperation" is a 2006 horror/thriller movie directed by Mick Garris and based on the novel by Stephen King of the same name. The movie tells the story of a group of people who become trapped in the small, deserted mining town of Desperation, Nevada, by a crazed police officer. The story begins with a family on a road trip across the American Southwest. They are pulled over by a small-town sheriff, Collie Entragian (played by Ron Perlman). The sheriff seems friendly at first, but he soon reveals a dark and violent side. He kills the family dog and holds the family hostage, forcing them to go with him to Desperation, Nevada. Once in Desperation, the family meets other people who have been trapped by the sheriff, including Johnny Marinville (played by Tom Skerritt), a famous writer, and Steve Ames (played by Steven Weber), a young man on a motorcycle. The group soon realizes that something sinister is going on in the town. The water has been poisoned, dogs have gone missing, and there are no other people around. The group must band together to try to survive and escape the town. Along the way, they learn about the history of the town and the evil that has taken it over. They also discover that the sheriff himself has been possessed by an ancient evil force. The movie is filled with suspense, scares, and gore, much of which is typical of King's work. It has a tense atmosphere throughout and keeps the audience on the edge of their seats as the characters fight for their lives. The acting in "Desperation" is strong, with Tom Skerritt giving a standout performance as Johnny Marinville. Annabeth Gish also shines as Mary Jackson, a woman who has lost her husband and children to the evil in the town. The movie's special effects are impressive, especially given the film's relatively low budget. The makeup and prosthetics used to create the possessed sheriff are particularly well done. Overall, "Desperation" is a solid horror movie that will appeal to fans of Stephen King's work. It's not for the faint of heart, with plenty of gore and violence, but it's a well-crafted film that delivers on scares and suspense.