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Week End Horror: The Shining (1980)

Posted on February 22, 2013 at 1:15 pm by Jess Hicks

Since it has been particularly wintery on my side of the country I decided to pick something that went along with the hazardous conditions. No other movie makes me feel more trapped than The Shining does. Its cinematography captures the Colorado Mountains and the grand hotel in such an eerily beautiful way.

For those of you living under a rock, The Shining follows Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson), an aspiring novelist, and his family to the Overlook Hotel. Jack is given the job as the hotel caretaker while it is closed for the winter months. He sees this as the perfect way to bond with his wife (Shelley Duvall) and son Danny (Danny Lloyd) as well as to get some writing done. We soon learn that the last caretaker met a grisly end as well as taking his family with him.


Stanley Kubrick took Stephen King’s novel and transformed it into something very real and very disturbing. King did not like the film because of the immense changes that Kubrick made but it is still a fantastic adaptation. Sure, there aren’t any moving hedge animals and the idea of what “the shine” actually is gets somewhat muddled we still get a great psychological film.

No one plays crazy like Nicholson and his performance is absolutely stunning in this film. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when he starts to lose his cool but that is something I love about it. The viewer doesn’t know if the hotel is making him crazy or if he was always that way. Duvall plays opposite Nicholson and her performance of the dimwitted loving wife really makes you feel for her.


Lastly, this film is home to one of my personal scariest moments in film history. It occurs while young Danny is playing in the hotel and decides to take his Big Wheel for a spin. Every time I watch it I know what is coming but as he turns each corner I flinch. On his last turn he runs into a couple of the resident haunts, two of the most terrifying little girls in history. Every time they pop up any place my skin crawls and I have to immediately look away. Even adding this picture made me not want to leave my desk.

The-Shining twins

Though the story gets somewhat confusing at the half way point it still remains one of my all time favorite films. If you are curious about what is going on during this film check out the new documentary Room 237 for a bunch of different theories on what the story actually means. Of course, we will never actually know but it’s still fun to speculate.

The Shining available for purchase @ Amazon Prime for $1.99

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