It’s STACK‘s Friday Flick time, where each week we’ll recommend a slice of classic movie viewing that’s sure to get your weekend off to a great start. This week, it’s The Shining.
Although not a faithful adaptation of Stephen King’s terrifying 1977 best-seller (the author has described the film as a “great big gorgeous car with no engine in it”), Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 film version is as prestigious and stately as the Overlook Hotel, and a majestic horror film that’s perfect for a chilly winter’s night.
Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) accepts a position as winter caretaker of the Overlook, moving in with his wife Wendy (Shelley Duvall) and their young son Danny (Danny Lloyd). Before long the family discover ghosts of the past are lurking in the empty hotel, whose corridors are metaphorically awash with blood. Danny’s psychic gift of ‘shining’ makes him sensitive to the horrors that surround them, while Jack gradually transforms into a snarling, axe-wielding maniac. “Redrum, Redrum, Redrum…”
Four reasons why The Shining rocks
1. “He-e-ere’s Johnny!” Jack Nicholson’s bug-eyed psychopath gave us one of cinema’s most iconic scenes and quotable lines.
2. The Steadicam prowling the empty hallways as Danny pedals his trike towards unseen horrors.
3. Room 237. “There ain’t nothing in Room 237,” the Overlook’s chef, Halloran, tells Danny. He lied.
4. The creepy party guest in the dog costume. Furry role play has never been more sinister.
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