Headhunter's Horror House Wiki
Annie hobbles Paul
Classification: Miscellaneous
Associated franchises: Kingdom Universe
Associated films: Misery
Character examples: Paul Sheldon

Hobbling is the act of injuring someone via damage to the legs, knees, ankles, or feet, creating a permanent injury that prevents them from walking. One of the most infamous examples of hobbling in speculative fiction is in the 1987 novel Misery by author Stephen King and its 1990 film adaptation, Misery, by director Rob Reiner. In the film, oogie psycho-bird Annie Wilkes takes umbrage with her "house guest" Paul Sheldon, who is already crippled due to a car accident. To punish him for a perceived slight, she places a wooden block between his legs, then smashes his ankle over with a sledgehammer. In the book, Paul lost a foot and had to use a prosthetic limb. In the movie, he partially healed from his injuries, but walked with a cane.

In the 2012 direct-to-video sequel film Wrong Turn 5: Bloodlines, the inbred Odets brothers capture a twenty-something named Gus. They secure him to the back of their tow truck whereupon One Eye and Saw Tooth repeatedly smash his ankles and legs with a sledgehammer until they are completely crushed. Afterward, they run him over with the truck.


Character Film/Series
Paul Sheldon Misery
Gus Wrong Turn 5: Bloodlines






  • Misery - Annie Wilkes hobbles Paul Sheldon.


  • The hobbling scene from Misery was ranked #12 on Bravo's 100 Scariest Movie Moments.

See also[]


Wrong Turn logo
This article relates to the Wrong Turn franchise.