THE SHINING

Carey

JustRidn@aol.com

RE: the shining: a nightmarish masterpiece

When I first started watching horror films, the slasher genre was in my face every time I went to the video store. They were what was hot at the time. When my interest grew and I developed a taste for well made genre films, I began turning backwards in time for the modern classics. I then discovered The Shining amongst the group. It wasn't until many years later that I would grow fond of horror literature, namely Stephen King literature. So I cannot and never will side with the many King fans who lambasted Kubricks vision of the film because I saw the film first. So maybe my opinion is a little biased to say the least. But it also gives me an advantage over those millions of King fans, because I can appreciate the film for standing on it's own merits. We're not comparing two separate films, we're talking about two entirely different mediums here. Yes, the book was brilliant, the most terrifying of it's kind as is the film version of it's medium. So if you're a serious horror fan, you can't deny the power of the movie. The television miniseries succeeded in faithfully adapting the novel, but failed miserably when compared to the power of the 1980 product. The first time I viewed Kubrick's masterpiece, I had nightmares for weeks. From then on, I would only screen it with friends that I dared to watch it. Sound, camera movement, performances, script, lighting, music.....all hauntingly brilliant. All those qualities can be referenced to with one single scene. When Danny rides his big wheel around the corner of one of the hotels long eerie hallways, and comes face to face with a ghostly vision of two little girls staring at him, that single image was stamped into my mind, and the film earned its' place in the house of horrors.

Carey

 

Ash-Myers

AshMyers@hotmail.com

RE: The Shining

Quite likely the greatest horror movie (my opinion), this film had it all. An awesome director, an awesome actor, an awesome story and probably the best cinematography a horror movie has ever had. It is a classic for the ages, and without a doubt kicks the miniseries' ass.

Ash

 

  Mike Mandeville

MikeFBI@concentric.net

RE: The Shining

Finally, The Shining has been put in your vault! This is the first film I ever saw that truly terrified me. The atmosphere is nothing less than perfect, ie..hotel in the middle of nowhere, blizzard, ghosts, and a maniac with a bad case of cabin fever! And the music, who can forget that! With the sounds of howling ghosts in the background, and then at times sounds of absolutely nothing, you never know when something is going to happen. For instance, one minute you're following a kid on his big wheel tricycle, and the next minute, without warning, you're staring eye to eye with two twins that turn into mutilated bodies. When I first watched this film, I began watching it with the lights off...but that didn't last for long! As soon as that lady in the tub turned ugly and started laughing...HELLO! This movie will go down in history, right up there with The Exorcist, The Evil Dead, and Dawn of the Dead. And in my opinion, the miniseries was good, but the feature film is what will turn my dreams into nightmares for years to come.

Mike

 

 Adrian

Nickde@pc-oznet.com.au

RE: The Shining

I love the film "THE SHINING" there are not enough words to explain how I feel about it. Although many people leave Shelley Duvall in the shadow of Jack I think she played Wendy than Jack played Jack Torrance. It any of you out there have a site which contains THE SHINING or an site which contains SHELLEY DUVALL please email me. And if you have a fan mail address to Shelley or Jack do the same. THANK YOU Shelley, Jack, Danny, Stanley, Steven, and the rest who contributed to The Shining.

Adrian

 

Ryan

nosfra2@prodigy.com

RE: the shining

Hello ghouls:

What can I say that hasn't already been said? This movie definitely left it's mark on me at an early age. I first saw it when it was released to either show time or the movie channel, probably around '81, when I was around 8 or 9 years old. Definitely the scariest movie I remember from childhood. The eerie twin girl ghosts, the blood coming out of the elevator, Jack....well, Jack being Jack, scary as hell. The scene that really screwed my pre-adolescent brain up for life, though, was the infamous bathtub scene. I've given this some thought in later years, and I think I know why. At that age, nudity of any kind in any movie was a gotta-see for us dirty little kids with equally dirty-minded older brothers. We really couldn't know why this stuff excited us at that age, it was just supposed to, and it did. I watched The Shining one Saturday afternoon at my friend Jeff's house while his parents were off somewhere (how many of us got to see the really scary movies so young without pulling stuff like this? not many), and when the "naked chick" appeared, there was an almost audible unspoken "YESSSSS!!!" that passed between us. However, of course, this pleasure turned to sheer horror faster than Kubrick could snicker. I haven't seen many scenes in horror movies since that pulled the rug out from under me and stuck an icepick in my heart as effectively as this one did.

Well, I've rambled enough,

Ryan

Pleasant dreams.....

 

Mike DeWire

albino79@hotmail.com

RE: The Shining

I have seen most of the Shining and I saw the whole thing of The Shining mini-series. All I can say is hands down the movie is better. I have met only one person who disagrees with me. By the way...cool site.

Mike

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