Day 11: The Shining (1980)

The Shining is considered among the best horror movies of all time and for good reason.  Few films have depicted a slow descent into madness as well, and very few times has a role been so perfectly tailored to the strengths of an actor.  Jack Nicholson is a master craftsman by all accounts, and his portrayal of Jack Torrance is a thing to behold.  Throw in another master at the top of his game (the legendary director Stanley Kubrick), Stephen King’s source novel, and one of the best settings ever, and The Shining is a recipe for some fantastic horror.  It really is a mind-fuck of a movie that is full of WTF moments and very scary scenes.  It’s definitely one of those movies that sticks with you long after you watch it and demands repeat viewings to fully wrap your head around it.  Even after repeat viewings, check out the great documentary Room 237 to see just how deep Kubrick’s vision was or at least to learn about quite a few interesting theories some of the fans have (streaming on Netflix).


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