Sunday, October 24, 2010

Day 24: 31 Days of Horror: The Shining

Jack Torrance, a writer, has just gotten a new job. He is going to be the caretaker of the Overlook Hotel during the winter season and up until it reopens in May. The hotel is located in an isolated area in Colorado. He moves there with his wife Wendy and young son Danny with hopes of getting some writing done while there. While there, Danny witnesses disturbing visions of the hotel's past and future due to his psychic gift known as the 'shining.' Jack, on the other hand, is slowly slipping into insanity due to cabin fever and visits from the ghosts of former guests of the hotel. It isn't until one of the ghosts suggests that Jack's family needs to be "corrected" that Jack loses his mind completely and attempts to cut his family up into little pieces with an axe.

There's nothing quite like watching a guy gradually lose his mind. Being stuck in that hotel during a winter storm would make you go a bit nuts. The Shining (1980) is one of my favorite films of all time. Jack Nicholson is perfect as Jack Torrance. Danny is awesome with his split personality and freaky voice for Tony. The set is amazing. Kubrick is a genius. This is a fantastic horror movie and Stephen King's novel is even more horrific.  


Jason H. said...

I actually just saw this for my Film Analysis class. It's hard to believe that it was a critical disaster when it was released! It just further proves that Stanly Kubrick is, as you said, a genius!

Unknown said...

The movie is good, even though I'm not a fan of either Nicholson or Kubrick. I think it's a bit too long, but I really like how they created the atmosphere of being trapped in that hotel. And, as you've mentioned it, Tony's freaky voice is really scary.

Kalli said...

Jason: A critical disaster?! That's crazy.

Minoccio: It is a bit too long. I was thinking that while I was watching it. I do love the movie though.

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