The Shining is a 1980 psychological horror film produced and
directed by Stanley Kubrick, co-written with novelist Diane Johnson, and
starring Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, and Danny Lloyd. The film is based on
the novel of the same name by Stephen King.
A writer, Jack Torrance, takes a job as an off-season caretaker at
an isolated hotel. His young son possesses psychic abilities and is able to see
things from the past and future, such as the ghosts who inhabit the hotel. Soon
after settling in, the family is trapped in the hotel by a snowstorm, and Jack
gradually becomes influenced by a supernatural presence; he descends into
madness and attempts to murder his wife and son.
Directed by – Stanley Kurbrick
Written By – Stephen King, Kurbrick and Diane Johnson
Genre – Drama, Horror, Mystery and Suspense
Duration 146 mins
The shining starts off instantly
drawing you in with heart pounding music with high perspective views on a car
being driven by Jack Torrance on his way to an interview at the setting of the
film the Overlook hotel.
“The impact is extraordinary and even repeat
viewers of the movie will enjoy the added terror that the 5.1 now brings.” (Haflidason 2005)
The film has a strong sense of
spirituality throughout the film, starting straight away with Danny talking to
himself with his finger but the audience soon realise it isn’t a imaginary
friend but a good spirit talking to him telling him the future. There is also
negative spirits in the film dealing with Jack and helping him become insane,
telling him to do things. The iconic moment when Jack axes through the door to
get to his wife and says “Here’s Jonny”, when his name is Jack makes one think
that a spirit has over taken him and his called Jonny.
Fig 2 - "The Shining"
The audience is told about the “The
Shining” when the cook takes Danny to get some ice cream and tells him about
his power which lightens the audience that it’s not an imaginary friend but a
Fig 3 - Jack.
To see jack character change from a
nice guy into a physic nut case, is an interesting perspective because first
off, he seems nice so you start to like him then slowly start to dislike
towards him, especially the scene where his wife Wendy stops him from written
work and he loses it with and becomes quite nasty is when the audience
completely dislikes him and after that scene is when he goes downhill which
makes the audience completely on the wife’s side and is scared for her and
their son Danny.
“Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson), a
recovering alcoholic child-abuser, faces his demons again when he agrees to
become caretaker of an isolated hotel.” (Ebert
As Roger Ebert explain Jacks past it
seems he doesn’t go made, maybe he’s going back to him old self, which begs the
question does Wendy know of his past and if she did why would you take their
son with the child-abuser to an hotel which will be isolated for the winters.
Suspense in the shining grips the
audience immensely, main scenes such as when Wendy is getting her son out the
window from the bathroom to escape from jack and can’t get out or when Wendy
and Danny are in the maze walking about the fear of getting lost but once they
get to the centre one is reassured there will be ok, this scene is really
interesting thou because without the scene it would be a scene but with the
music playing it sets the mood of fear.
“Kubrick isn't out
for screams, but he manages to make his movie thoroughly unnerving by keeping
the horror so close to home.” (Maslin 2000)
The Wicker Man is a 1973 British film, combining thriller,
horror and musical genres, directed by Robin Hardy and written by Anthony
Shaffer. Paul Giovanni composed the
soundtrack. The film is now considered a cult classic.
Inspired by the basic scenario of David Pinner's 1967 novel
The Ritual, the story centres on the visit of Police Sergeant Neil Howie to the
isolated island of Summerisle, in search of a missing girl the locals claim
never existed. Howie is a devout Christian, and is appalled by a religion
loosely inspired by Celtic paganism practised by the inhabitants of the island.
Directed by: Robin
Produced by: Peter
Written by: Anthony
Duration: 88 mins
The wicker man keeps the audience in uncertainty right up
till the end when it finally reveals its true self, the locals on the island
are key to making the audience feel alienated and make them take side with Sgt.
Neil very early on in the film which slowly makes the locals even weirder as
the films goes on.
The wicker man starts off as one thing then slowly becomes
something else towards the end, the locals being decisive towards Sgt. Neil by
denying Rowan never existed but clues that pointed to that she did exist.
“The Wicker Man's genre-bending, thematic daring, and tortuous history
have made it the U.K.'s definitive cult movie.” (Fuller 2006)
fig 2 - Willow banging the walls.
Sex is strong throughout the film, also religion and music
which the on the island children in the film are taught about the subjects at a
young age which to the audience is disturbing. Also scenes Where Willow is
dancing naked and hitting the walls next to Sgt. Neil room to a beat is a scene
combining all three music, sex and religion in one go almost tempting Sgt. Neil
to give in.
“It envelops you in a time and space that is unfamiliar, fascinating,
exotic, and frightening all at once.” (Gonzalez 2007)
Fig 3 - The Ending
As for the ending the film, which is probably one of the
most memorable ending for a film will either be a complete surprise from
someone who didn't pick up on the hints throughout the film but for someone who
was it will be satisfying to know they were right. The film is all about cat
and mouse, dropping hints to the viewers throughout the film.