Today’s movie for Wicked Wednesday is Stanley Kubrick’s classic horror The Shining. Kubrick adapted Stephen King’s novel in 1980 and the movie has since become recognised as a classic movie that everyone should se in their lifetime. There are those of course who think the film is highly overrated. Personally, I liked it, but don’t rave about it.
The movie centres around the Torrance family who are moving from the city to a hilltop hotel called The Overlook. The hotel is very isolated and during the winter is emptied of residents and looked after by a caretaker, in this case Jack Torrance, played by Jack Nicholson. The surroundings suit him well as he intends to write a novel while he is there over the long winter months.
The son, Danny, has visions which lead to some terrifying consequences, but its not the visions that will have a lasting impact on his life, it is the gradual deterioration of his father’s mental health being so isolated and leads him to systematically try and destroy his family just as a previous caretaker did many years earlier.
The film has an extremely slow beginning, but eventually it gets going and things start to happen as the pace of Jack’s deteriorating mental state gets quicker. Shelley Duvall plays Jack’s wife Wendy superbly and the small setting gives you the feeling of immense claustrophobia to get your adrenalin pumping as the climax arrives. The film of course gives us one of the most iconic lines in cinema history – “Heres Johnny!” for which Jack Nicholson will probably be best remembered for when he finally passes, whenever that may be.
Now, I’m not a Kubrick fan, I like about 3 of the movies he ever made. This is one of them. The combination of a good story by a horror fiction legend and the good performances by the cast leave you feeling scared and excited at the same time and then relieved when its all over. As I said though there are those that don’t like the movie and actually prefer the mini series that was made a number of years later with Steven Weber and Rebecca De Mornay in the lead roles which in my opinion was a little drawn out for my liking and so I prefer the original movie. I would give it a 7/10 as it is a little dated now, but it was a big hit, doubling its budget in takings.
Here is the trailer (which isn’t very exciting), and underneath is a 30 second version of the movie as performed by Bunnies (which is much better), so !!THIS IS A SPOILER ALERT!! Thanks for reading.