Mar 27, 2012

Posted by in Classic Movies

The Shining (1980) – Horror Masterpiece

One of the greatest horror movies of all the times is an intense, stylish, Gothic masterpiece directed by Stanley Kubrick – The Shining (1980). Starring JackNicholson as Jack Torrence and Shelly Duvall as Wendy Torrence, this movie stands out of the crowd from all the blood-letting modern horror movies. Screenplay is based upon the Steven King’s novel by the same name, published in 1977 but Kubrick’s  work does not resemble the novel very much. Movie The Shining is unconventional thrilling horror movie with much more symbolism and subtle, but intense massages. Diana Johnson was screenplay co-writer and together with Kubrick, they made this story even more scary showing that the real horror might not be around us, but in our own minds.

Jack Nicholson and Shelly Duvall got in their roles like they were written for them and with their astonishing acting they helped Kubrick to direct the ultimate horror movie. Exploring all the dimensions of the horror genre, Kubrick reduced the pace of the narrative, created lush images and added phenomenal soundtrack. Musical works from composers Krzysztof Penderecki, Ligety and Bartok are selected to bring closer the simple plot of a domestic tragedy. What is totally unconventional about this epic masterpiece is that most of the scenes are filmed in brightly-lit surroundings or a in a broad daylight. The Shining is unforgettable movie bringing out the memorable sensation of the paranormal, terror and pathological.