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31 Days of Halloween: Day 22: The Shining (1980) – HERE’S JOHNNY!

the-shining-dvd-cover-01Category: Thriller/ Mystery
Actors: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd
Duration: 146 min
Rated: R

You might like this movie if you enjoyed:
Pet Sematary (1989), The Amityvill Horror (2005)

Long Story Short:
A family takes care of an isolated and abandoned hotel during winter time. Soon, the son has disturbing visions while the father seems to lose his mind.

The Shining is a masterpiece from director Stanley Kubrick, based on a book by Stephen King. It starts slowly, then it gets creepy, loud and freaky. The twins, often used for images and parodies, still give me goose bumps. The movie seems very precisely translated from the book; the mood, the cinematography, the script, everything works well together, which is thanks to Stanley Kubrick, who is often described as a person with a bad temper. Apparently he was the harshest with Shelley Duvall, who afterwards explained that she believes that Kubrick simply wanted her to succeed in her role, and it seemed to have worked, because she looks freaked out throughout the whole movie. At the same time, Kubrick was very protective towards little Danny Lloyd, and wouldn’t have him participate in any frightening scene. In fact, Danny was told that he was being in a drama.
The camera work is (for that time frame) brilliant, disturbing, and fascinating. The three main characters are giving us everything, and I think that this is probably the best King adaptation ever. It is hard to believe that The Shining was also nominated for two Golden Raspberries – the anti- Oscar that is given out for worst movies of the year.
Turn off the lights, get a bucket of popcorn, some beer and enjoy.

Rating: 8.5/10


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