Movie: Misery (1990)
Director: Rob Reiner
Stars: James Caan, Kathy Bates, Richard Farnsworth
Misery lives up to its title thanks to one sequence in particular: the infamous hobbling scene. After taking in her all-time favorite author Paul Sheldon (James Caan) after a car accident, crazed fan Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates) wants him to stay and rewrite his latest novel. It's very important to her that he not leave.
When she discovers that he's broken the rules and left his room, she tucks a block in between his ankles and takes out a sledgehammer. What follows—his ankle flailing to the side after the first strike—is a truly miserable sight. —JR