I’ll admit it, I’m a huge Stephen King fan. I have read almost all of his works and sat through (while grumbling how the book was better) hours upon hours of movies based on his novels.
Therefore, it’s no surprise that I am a bit excited to hear that his newest film “A Good Marriage” opens October 3. The movie is, of course, based on the novella written by Stephen King and published in his 2010 collection “Full Dark, No Stars”.
According to King, “A Good Marriage” was inspired by real life killer Dennis Rader, who is better known as the “BTK Killer”. Between 1974 and 1991, Rader murdered 10 people in Sedgwick County, Kansas USA. “BTK” stands for “Bind, Torture, Kill”, which was is infamous signature.
King drew inspiration for the story after the public, unsympathetically, called out Rader’s wife, Paula, for not knowing what her husband had been up to in their almost 30-years of marriage. Like Rader, Anderson – the killer in the novella and upcoming movie – kills his victims after gruesomely torturing them and then sends the police the identification of the victim. Both the real life and fictional killer target women and children, and are well regarded in their community.
“A Good Marriage” is directed by Peter Askin, who directed the documentary ‘Trumbo’, and stars Joan Allen as the wife.