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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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beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
frightful friday? i must have missed a few posts. didn't know you started this. that movie is totally creepy! makes me feel scared whenever i think of a deserted place in the woods
citizenkane citizenkane 9 years
Jinx Jinx 9 years
I have to admit I liked the movie, but I never read the book. I know my sister was mad about the differences from the book to the movie, and I know she spoke of the animal hedges, lol.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 9 years
Kubrick was really egotistical. As flattering it may be to have a movie made after your book, I'm sure Stephen King was really hurt that so many changes were made without his approval. King said once that books and movies are "like apples and oranges: they are both delicious, but they taste different." He is so right and ultimately you can't judge one over the other because they're both different mediums. And even though the movie scares me enough, I really want to read his book and experience his version.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
Kubrick made Shelley Duval do 127 takes on one scene. maybe she was a bad actress in it because she was exhausted! Other Trivia: ---Kubrick would call King in the middle of the night and ask "do you believe in god?" ---Someone actually had to frikking type all of those "all work and no play makes jack a dull boy" papers ---At the time of release, it was the policy of the MPAA to not allow the portrayal of blood in trailers that would be approved for all audiences. In order to overcome this, Stanley Kubrick convinced the board that was approving the trailer that the blood flooding out of the elevator was actually rusty water. ---Danny croaks "Redrum" 43 times before his mother wakes up and Jack starts to break into the apartment.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
the book is much scarier, brilliantly written. King did his own version as a made for TV movie and it was awesome and true to the book. King didnt like the casting of Nicholson for the sole fact that he had been in One flew over the cuckoos nest and audiences related him with they would already go into the movie thinking Jack=Crazy and it just ruined the plot. Where Kubrick put the scary maze (which wasnt in the book) King had Hedge animals that came to life. Danny is playing in the snow, when he hears a *foomp* noise, like alot of snow just fell and he turns around an on the Hedge Lion the snow is gone and its closer...and he turns around and *foomp* even closer with the rest of the animals and danny hides in one of those Cement tubes that are on playgrounds and all the snow around him blocks him in..and in the dark he feels a cold hand grasp his ankle....God i cant read that book at night because of that!
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 9 years
This is the one scary movie I always have trouble watching. I'm pretty sensitive to sounds, and I think it has something to do with all the noises ("redrum!") and Jack Nicholson's scary faces. Come to think of it, his face scared me a lot as a kid! When he was the Joker, and then he played a character that turned into a wolf? Creepy!!
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 9 years
this is the worst movie on the face of the earth. shelly duvall is a TERRIBLE actress. the movie isn't scary AT ALL. i was highly disappointed after finally viewing it. it's almost hilarious how bad this movie is.
Cymone Cymone 9 years
just talking about it makes me want to see it again. i love this movie!
sofi sofi 9 years
interesting CaterpillarGirl. I never read the book but always meant to. Never knew that fact though.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
I thought Kubrick Butchered the book. King agrees with me on that one. He didnt like what stanley did to it.
syako syako 9 years
I love this movie. My husband and I go to Estes Park, CO very often and love looking at the Stanley Hotel (the book was based on Stephen King's stay in the Stanley). It's a beautiful hotel and after watching this movie it adds a cool creep-factor to it.
splayer splayer 9 years
One of my all-time favorites!
sofi sofi 9 years
this movie is the best- creepy but also such a hilarious performance by Jack.
krampalicious krampalicious 9 years
only my favorite scary movie of ALL TIME. i made the mistake of watching this on a snowy saturday all by myself and was paranoid the rest of the weekend.
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