The ShiningDVD - 1980
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I only dare to watch The Shining in the daylight because it makes me bleat with anxiety.
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Little pigs, little pigs, let me come in. Not by the hair on your chiny-chin-chin? Then I'll huff, and I'll puff, and I'll blow your house in.
Twin Grady daughters: "Hello, Danny... Come and play with us... Come and play with us, Danny... forever... and ever... and ever..."
Wendy Torrance: "Stay away from me!" Jack Torrance: "Why?" Wendy Torrance: "I just wanna go back to my room!" Jack Torrance: "Why?" Wendy Torrance: "I'm very confused, and I just need a chance to think things over!" Jack Torrance: "You've had your whole F**KING LIFE to think things over, what good's a few minutes more gonna do you now?" Wendy Torrance: "Stay away from me! Please! Don't hurt me!" Jack Torrance: "I'm not gonna hurt you." Wendy Torrance: "Stay away from me!" Jack Torrance: "Wendy. Darling. Light of my life. I'm not gonna hurt ya. You didn't let me finish my sentence. I said, I'm not gonna hurt ya. I'm just going to bash your brains in. Gonna bash 'em right the f**k in! Ha ha ha!"
Delbert Grady: "Your son... has a very great talent. I don't think you are aware how great it is. That he is attempting to use that very talent against your will." Jack Torrance: "He is a very willful boy." Delbert Grady: "Indeed he is, Mr. Torrance. A very willful boy. A rather naughty boy, if I may be so bold, sir." Jack Torrance: "It's his mother. She, uh, interferes." Delbert Grady: "Perhaps they need a good talking to, if you don't mind my saying so. Perhaps a bit more. My girls, sir, they didn't care for the Overlook at first. One of them actually stole a pack of matches, and tried to burn it down. But I... "corrected" them sir. And when my wife tried to prevent me from doing my duty, I... "corrected" her."
Delbert Grady (about Wendy): "I fear you will have to deal with this matter in the harshest possible way, Mr. Torrance... I fear... that is the only thing to do..." Jack Torrance (locked in the food pantry): "There's nothing I look forward to with greater pleasure, Mr. Grady." Delbert Grady: "You give your word on that, do you Mr. Torrance?" Jack Torrance: "I give you my word." (food pantry door unlocks)
Danny Torrance (walking to the bedside of his sleeping mother in a trancelike state): "Redrum... redrum... redrum... redrum... redrum... redrum... (picks up butcher knife) redrum... redrum... redrum... redrum... redrum... redrum... (picks up lipstick) redrum... redrum... redrum... redrum... redrum... redrum... (writes "REDRUM" on door, starts yelling) REDRUM! REDRUM! REDRUM! REDRUM! REDRUM! REDRUM! REDRUM!" Wendy Torrance (wakes up): "Danny! Danny! Stop it!" (gasps as she sees the word "MURDER" on the door in the mirror, then screams as Jack plunges his axe through another door)
Frightening or Intense Scenes: Intense surrealism permeates this film. That is where most of the horror comes from this film.
Sexual Content: There are scenes of fully naked women coming out of a bathtub, as well as artwork of nude women. There is also a scene that implies fellatio, although it so difficult to see or construe what is happening that it may not even be noted as such.
Sexual Content: No sex takes place in this movie. However, there is a full frontal view of a naked woman stepping out of the bath.
Violence: Several shots are shown of characters having been murdered with an ax. Also, the grotesquely deformed body of a naked dead woman is shown. There are also shots of huge quantities of blood flooding the hotel.
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reddeerrebels thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 12 and 61
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"A masterwork from a master filmmaker, The Shining is widely (and rightly) held as one of the greatest horror movies ever made. Much more than just a ‘horror movie’, celebrated auteur Stanley Kubrick warped Stephen King’s novel into something which oozes ambiguity (the hotel was haunted in the book, here it’s less clear) – which is why it remains so fascinating to this day. Still the subject of obsessive scrutiny (see recent documentary Room 237), many aspects of the film are open to interpretation. Not least that impossibly chilling final shot. While impatient newcomers will likely find the measured pacing a tad drawn-out (and there is an argument to be made here), The Shining is a deeply intoxicating experience. Right from the eerie opening where we wind along a mountain road via helicopter point-of-view, there’s a mounting sense of elusive unease. Arriving at the Overlook hotel, a feeling of deep-rooted evil runs through every frame in mesmerising fashion. Hell, even the dizzyingly-patterned carpets are somewhat hypnotic. Of course, general audiences are familiar with the more iconic scenes (“Heeere’s Johnny!”; the spooky twins; Red Rum), and it speaks volumes that they remain affecting despite years of parody. Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall and child actor Danny Lloyd are all excellent (as well as Scatman Crothers in a handful of key scenes), but the film is ultimately Kubrick’s. Feeding Nicholson cheese sandwiches (which Jack hated) to create a sense of repulsion and apparently forcing Duvall to do 127 takes of a single scene, the master craftsman’s obsessive approach and technical mastery results in some spellbinding filmmaking (see those long tracking shots), and an unforgettable experience." --Stephen Carty, Flix Capacitor