Directed by Stanley Kubrick
It's strange after writing about so many films that no one has heard of to now be writing about major blockbusters. It is probably more fun for readers who are not dedicated List followers, but it is a bit hard to find something new to say about these movies.
Has anyone not seen this? I know my aunt won't let my cousin watch it because she gets too scared. My cousin is now 30, but I guess that doesn't change anything. Jack Torrance takes his family with him to be the winter caretaker at the Overlook Hotel in hopes that the isolation will get rid of his writer's block. His son (who is absolutely adorable and not obnoxious; a hard feat for kids in horror films) is the first to notice that they might not be alone in the hotel.
I read the Stephen King novel and I think this is one of the few cases where the movie is better than the book. It was a while ago, but I remember thinking it was rather cheesy how King expected us to be scared of the actual hotel (like the walls and the radiator). In the movie, the horrors are a lot more chilling. We have Jack Nicholson slowly losing his mind and becoming increasingly abusive to his wife and child, and there is nothing supernatural about that. I think his performance scared me more than the ghosts, excepting maybe the twin girls. Twin girls should not be allowed to wear matching outfits. Period.
Definitely one of the best horror films of all time and one of the reasons that I continue to like Kubrick, despite everything he has done to me.
Kubrick was very protective of child actor Danny Lloyd, and made him believe he was shooting a drama film. You're all right, Stan.
Shelley Duvall was pushed to near hysteria by Stanley Kubrick in order to get her best performance. She suffered from exhaustion and hair loss.
The color red is in every shot in the film.