Wednesday, November 25

The Shining (1980)

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Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation to Stephen King’s master horror novel The Shining is a one in a million masterpiece. This film truly shows the genius of Stephen King’s mind. If by some chance you haven’t heard of The Shining , let me give you the background of this fantastic story, this story takes place in the mountains of Colorado at the Overlook Hotel.

Jack Torrance (Jack Nicolson) becomes the caretaker of the Overlook for the off season. He, along with his wife Wendy, and his son Danny all go to the hotel together, all is good until Danny starts to ‘see’ what has happened in the past at the Overlook. Jack also starts to experience some happenings himself at the Overlook, but in a more negative experience. Jack is then told by one of the deceased guests that he needs to fix his family.

Danny Lloyd sets the mood with his role as the physic child, a believable confused child, not quite sure with the gift he has been given. Shelley Duvall as Wendy Torrance plays the perfect role as the terrified wife in fear of her child’s safety. However, a lot of the credit must go to Jack Nicolson as he plays an absolutely magnificent role as the psychopathic caretaker. Most believing as he paints the stage with his witty, yet psychotic ways, that makes the viewer jump out of their seat with his famous line “Here’s Johnny!!”

When it’s all said and done I must say that The Shining is in my top ten favorite movies of all time. If you haven’t seen this great film before please take my word for it and give it a chance I promise you, you will not regret it. The chilling feeling this movie gives off will make you want more. So my answer is yes this movie is a shining star.

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