The ShiningThink of the greatest terror imaginable.  Is it a monstrous alien?  A lethal epidemic?  Or, as in this harrowing masterpiece from Stanley Kubrick, is it fear of murder by someone who should love and protect you – a member of your own family?   From a script he co-adapted from the Stephen King novel, Kubrick melds vivid performances, menacing settings, dreamlike tracking shots and shock after shock into a milestone of the macabre.  In a signature role, Jack Nicholson plays Jack Torrance, who’s come to the elegant, isolated Overlook Hotel as off-season caretaker with his wife and son.  Torrance has never been there before – or has he?  The answer lies in a ghostly time warp of madness and murder.

This is one of Stephen King’s best films.  Jack Nicholson makes the character Jack Torrance come alive.  Though this movie had very few death scenes, infact there was only one person who was murdered.  But overall this is a frightening movie.  One scene that is pretty creepy is when Jack enters a room where the ghost of a lady is in and she chases after him.  Though this movie is about more then just a caretaker going mad, it also deals with the subject of child abuse.  This movie is a classic and if you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend it.  I give it an 8 out of 10.

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Posted on September 14, 2008

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