The Shining

I own a lot of movies.  I am not sure of the exact number off the top of my head but I am guessing it is over fifty if not more likely approaching a hundred.  The reason for the owning of a lot of movies?  Well, simply put, I like movies (just like how I like books).  Now, I’m not certain if this is completely true seeing as I haven’t checked all the title in my collection recently, but I think that of all my movies I only own one that counts as a horror movie, that being the Stanley Kubrick film “The Shining” which I got for Christmas just last week.  Honestly this has to be one of my favorite Christmas presents from this year, partially because I am trying to acquire the complete works of Stanley Kubrick but probably more so because “The Shining” is such a bad ass movie. 

I am a Stephen King fan, I’ve read and enjoyed most of his books.  I am also quite aware that Stephen King was not all that impressed with Kubrick’s “The Shining” which, as you may know, is based off of one of King’s novels.  Having read the book (the first time actually several years before seeing the movie) I can certainly agree that there are some significant differences but I still think that the film is awesome.  Kubrick was a genius with creating an atmosphere in his films and while “The Shining” may not classify as an all around terrifying movie anymore one cannot deny that it is eerie and creepy and makes a person a little uncomfortable when watching it.  The isolation factor gets portrayed with perfection and the way in which Jack Nicholson slowly spirals into insanity is wonderful.  But for me it is just that look of the whole movie that does it.  Kubrick had a look that he made present in his movies and it always seems to work so effectively.  Also the use of music and sound is amazing.  When Danny is riding around the halls of the hotel on his tricycle, going from hardwood to carpet, the noise is spectacular.  Then there is that creepy background music that is little more than ambiance that just further adds to the unsettling feel of the film.  Honestly I just love everything about the whole movie; the acting, the filming, the editing, the music; the whole thing is spectacular.  Again I will admit that by today’s standards “The Shining” might not strike a lot of people as a terribly scary film but I can see how when it first came out it must have been absolutely horrifying.  I say see it if you haven’t.  In my opinion it might be one of the best films ever made. 

~ by Nathaniel on January 3, 2008.

2 Responses to “The Shining”

  1. Are you kidding? It’s still scary as ever! Sure, it doesn’t have the gore of some more recent horror movies, but what it lacks in gore it makes up for with tension. Go ahead, wait til no one is home and you’re all by yourself for a night. Put the Shining in after dark and tell me you don’t have a little lingering pang of axiety after it’s over.

  2. Terrible adaptation since Jack Torrance is supposed to redeem himself in the end, but yes, Kubrick took his script and made a masterpiece out of it. His choice of super wide angle lenses and stark decor for most of his scenes is brilliant. The tricycle scene is classic.

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