As in many of his films, director Kubrick exploresthe dimensions of the genre to create the ultimate horror film – hedeliberately reduces the pace of the narrative and expands the rather simpleplot of a domestic tragedy to over two hours in length, creates lush imageswithin the ornate interior of the main set, adds a disturbing synthesizedsoundtrack (selecting musical works from Bela Bartok, Gyorgy Ligeti, and Polishcomposer Krzysztof Penderecki), filmed most of the gothic horror in broaddaylight or brightly-lit scenes, and built an unforgettable sensation ofterror, ghosts, and the paranormal. The principal, ghostly character in thefilm is the classic haunted house – a huge, isolated Colorado mountain resorthotel, the Overlook. The Shining was the first movie to extensively useSteadicam. This was a camera mounting system that enables a single person tofilm with a 35mm camera on their shoulder. Until then 35mm cameras were dollymounted, and if they were to be moved during filming dolly tracks usually hadto be laid down. Eeriepsychological horror as the spirits of The Overlook Hotel rise and cause alittle trouble for the winter caretaker and his family. Isolated in the RockyMountains, the resort closes for five long months in the winter (when show cutsit off from civilization). To keep everything in order during this hibernationan off-season caretaker is required, and Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) seemslike an ideal candidate. The enforced peace is perfect for an extended writingproject, which he’s eager to commence while his wife Wendy (Shelley Duvall) andyoung son Danny (Danny Lloyd), are more than happy with the idea. However,Danny has an imaginary friend (Tony) who’s less than keen. As Jack is beinginterviewed and told the tale of a caretaker who, many years ago, flipped andmurdered his family, Danny’s vision is filled with torrents of blood and gore.Already a psychic link has been established with the hotel’s past, alt…
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