The Shining (1980)

Score: 8/10*

Length: 146 (as per most King movies)

Rating: R

Language: English

Categories: 80s, recommended, ghost, haunted house, murderer, psychologial, Stephen King-y, hotel

There are some movies that are just good, and this is an iconic gem. Even though it’s one of the most over-parodied horror movies ever, there’s a reason for it. The location, the characters, the acting, the atmosphere, the effects- all done incredibly well. There’s nothing to really fault about this film unless you are too used to the fast-paced movies of the future to enjoy this slower, building, 70’s movie adaptation. I think the real trick is taking the imagination of Stephen King, and combining it with the psychotic genius of Stanley Kubrick. Kubrick is the expert on how to make the audience uncomfortable. It really plays on all of the fears- being trapped in a snowstorm, psychosis, hunted by your own father/husband, lost in a giant maze of a house as well as the house’s maze, and to top it all off, ghosts, skeletons, blood, etc. Usually a film with so many scare tactics going on ends up in a mess, but somehow all of the high-quality ingredients make it work. A forever-classic, ruined by The Simpsons, considering I refer to it now as “The Shin-ning”. If you’ve never seen this film and are a little uncertain, try recording it off TV. The commercial breaks will help to release a little of the tension and fear.

* I mean, this movie is freaking fantastic, but it’s quite long, and an abrupt ending with frozen Nicholson makes it a little cheesy.


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