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31,579 Ratings

The Shining

Directed by Stanley Kubrick
United States, United Kingdom, 1980
Horror

Synopsis

A brilliant adaptation of Stephen King’s novel about a frustrated writer forced to take the job as caretaker of a remote mountainside hotel for the winter with his young family in tow. An evil presence lurking within causes his mental disintegration into madness and murder.

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The Shining Directed by Stanley Kubrick
From the very start, the bigger images let my eye swoop off into the Rocky Mountains, the landscapes drawing me in and exerting a lot more power than they ever did on TV . . . Critics at the time complained that Jack Nicholson was too weird at the beginning, which I guess is true. It forces him to go more over the top later. But it’s clearly Kubrick’s intention that every scene in his horror movie should be strange and disturbing — look what he’s doing with the music.
November 03, 2017
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The darkly comic streak might be identified as Kubrick’s signalling to the audience he feels himself above the genre on some level, except that, as well as coherent with the rest of his oeuvre, the humour entwines with the fervency with which Kubrick delves into this little imaginative universe he and his great team of collaborators fashioned. The atmosphere of extreme isolation and immersion in the subliminal is knitted together by the strength of Kubrick’s images and his music cues.
October 29, 2017
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One of Kubrick’s wiliest moves may have been to suggest Torrance’s lurking anger and unsatisfactory home life made him receptive to possession. The pure genius, though, lay in how visual that psychological exploration was. Style, not substance, was the director’s strong suit, which made him a perfect foil for King, whose themes of the supernatural lurking in the banal (and the banal in the supernatural) were often eclipsed by the breathless redundancy of his prose.
June 24, 2016
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