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The Shining (1980)

Cast: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers, Danny Lloyd

Director(s): Stanley Kubrick

Language: English

Genre: Horror

Synopsis


Opening with spectacular aerial shots of a beautiful, mountainous landscape, Stanley Kubrick's horror classic THE SHINING, based on Stephen King's best-selling novel, sucks the viewer into his frightening tale with quiet, relaxing visuals--but the ominous soundtrack warns that all is not right at the gorgeous Overlook Hotel. Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson at his eyebrow-raising best), a Vermont schoolteacher, accepts a job as the winter caretaker of the glorious early-20th-century resort tha... [Get complete synopsis]

 

MasterWoodsman wrote on April 11, 2005, 11:52 am
Mood: Ugh... Why does Monday have to come EVERY week?
Rated
Caught this on IFC last night. First off, I gotta say that Kubric is a directing God! Every scene in this movie was memorable. I've seen this maybe 6 times, yet I never really noticed how much the sooundtrack and sound-effects made a difference to the storytelling. For example, when Jack rips the page out of the typewriter, there's a sharp strum of the violin that marks the end of the tune.

Then there's the beautiful imagery and cinematography. Like when Jack is trying to convince his wife to let him out of the freezer. The angle of the shot is almost straight up to his face. Very unique. Then there's the camera that follows the motion of the axe. Pure Genius! I was also very impressed with how little the film has aged. All the colors are still vibrant, while more recent movies from just 10 years ago are far more faded. I wonder why this is? I'm guessing it has to do with the quality of the film Kubric used.

And finally, the story itself was superb! I read the original Steven King story and it wasn't quite the same. King wrote more about the supernatural, while Kubric focused more on the descent into madness viewpoint. I also love how the cook takes half the movie to get to the hotel and is killed as soon as he walks in the door!

Excellent, Excellent, Excellent. If I could give more that 4 stars I would!
motleymitch wrote on April 14, 2005, 3:12 am
Mood: those creepy girls!
Rated
Agreed! One of the finest horror films ever. And one of the few faithful adaptations of a King novel.
Deril wrote on April 14, 2005, 5:07 pm
Rated
All work and no play makes Darrell a dull boy
All work and no play makes Darrell a dull boy
All work and no play makes Darrell a dull boy
All work and no play
Makes Darrell a dull boy
All work and no play
Makes Darrell a dull boy

Excellent, excellent movie. Never read the book, but loved this one. I own it and have seen it several dozen times, and I never get tired of watching is one. So many classic scenes.
Yeah, the cook was kind of useless getting all the way to the hotel as soon as he shows up, he gets an axe in the back...thanks for coming out buddy.
Papamikey wrote on April 15, 2005, 12:25 pm
Mood: Sleepy
Rated
I remember I used to watch this movie in the library at John Abbott while watching lunch. To me, it contains the SINGLE most scary moment in ALL of horror film history, when the little kid drives his Hot Wheels bike around the corner of the halls in an isolted hotel and comes upon the Twins. Freak me green, man!

I read the book on top of this and agree that its more about the hotel being a possessed entity (I recall the furnace being alive) rather than a descent into madness.

Papa Mikey!
motleymitch wrote on August 16, 2005, 3:36 am
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Just watched a 'making-of' on this film. Neat, just for seeing some of Kubrick at work - he was a notorious recluse and a hardcore perfectionist. Very demanding of his actors, as Shelley Duvall and Jack Nicholson point out in some interviews.
motleymitch wrote on May 22, 2007, 2:45 am
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Neat factoid: You know the scene where Wendy discovers Jack's novel and it's just 'All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy'....over and over for pages on end?
Well, Kubrick, obsessive/compulsive that he was, insisted that this be manually typed in it's entirety, typos included. NO Xeroxes, NO photostats.
Oh, the poor production assistant who got saddled with THAT job!

Deril wrote on January 6, 2008, 12:11 am
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Thanks to the teachings of "Unkie Mitch", my 2 year old daughter enjoys running around the house wiggling her finger and saying "Redrum, REDRUM". She's actually saying Red-Brown, but sounds dead on. She's also using that creepy voice too. Although it's a little funny, it's actually quite creepy and the missus isn't too thrilled.

Today we were at gymnastics. She climbs up to the tallest jungle gym and shouts "I'm a Budist" (mimicing a recent Simpsons viewing with Richard Gere where Lisa becomes Budist) OY! This is not good. The wife is now considering reducing the amount of "adult" shows we watch on the tube Nooooooooooooooo!!

motleymitch wrote on January 6, 2008, 2:58 am
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AWESOME!!!

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