Thursday, January 31, 2008

The Shining (1980)

It's shameful that I hadn't seen it until now. For those of you who still haven't watched it, a spoiler-free review.

Jack Torrance, a frustrated writer, is employed as caretaker of The Overlook Hotel for the winter. He, his wife, Wendy, and son, Danny are to live by themselves in the enormous hotel for 5 months. Though another caretaker of The Overlook lost his mind and slaughtered his family, Jack expects to find only peaceful solitude... Perfect for writing. Until the spacious hotel tightens it's grip on the Torrances.


Shelly Duval fit well in the role of pitiable Wendy, a nervous smoker, whos only concern is the well-being of her husband and son. More so the latter. Danny Lloyd was unnerving as an average young boy, with the exception of his invisible friend, Tony. It was Lloyd's first and last big movie. Jack Nicholson was spellbinding. 5 months on the wagon and responsible for The Overlook, Jack is understandably tense. Scatman Crothers (please hold your giggles) played the kindly aging cook who shared a unique bond with Danny.


The "Here's Johnny!" scene wasn't terribly scary. Good shot and catchphrase though. There are slow bits, but they only add to the realism. A new favorite of mine. Definitely deserving of it's place as a Horror Classic.

6 comments:

www.cottonpopcorn.com said...

You had never seen this film before? Wow. I'm surprised, good flick.
You've seen Dracula though right? :P

Monster-Maniac said...

Pathetic, isn't it?! Saw it for the first time on Monday. Watched it again the next day. ;) And yes, thankfully I have seen Dracula. The original and the Christopher Lee one. FINALLY! btw, I instantly dig your site. That skull is great.

Uncle Ernie said...

Don't feel bad - I still have not seen the entire movie, just little bits and pieces through the years.

Monster-Maniac said...

Thanks, Uncle Ernie. I feel better. :)

www.cottonpopcorn.com said...

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Monster-Maniac said...

Sure!