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Frightful Friday: The Shining


"All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy."
"Danny isn't here, Mrs. Torrance."
"Red rum, red rum, red rum!"
"Heeeere's Johnny!"

This week's Frightful Friday scary movie spawned several memorable lines that still manage to send chills down my spine. In addition to the creepy dialogue, one of the things I like most about The Shining is the pacing of the story, proving that a Stephen King-Stanley Kubrick collaboration is (or, was) the way to go when crafting the ultimate suspense/horror flick.

Jack Nicholson, in one of his eeriest and best-known performances, plays recovering alcoholic Jack Torrance who takes a job as a caretaker at the Overlook Hotel, where he also hopes to work on his writing. He moves his wife and son Danny to the hotel where the harsh winter sets in and they become snowbound. Indeed, the hotel manager cautions against cabin fever, recounting a tale about a former caretaker who went crazy and killed his wife, daughters and himself during the isolating wintertime. At first, Jack enjoys the peace of the place, but strange and spooky things begin occurring to both Jack and Danny. The creepiness starts to chip away at Jack's sanity, which proves unfortunate for everyone involved.

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