FROM DOMESTIC NIGHTMARES TO THE NIGHTMARE OF HISTORY. UNCANNY ERUPTIONS OF VIOLENCE IN KING’S AND KUBRICK’S VERSIONS OF ‘THE SHINING’

2018-05-22T22:51:38+00:00February 20th, 2018|Categories: CINEMA|Tags: , , |

The impact of past violence on the present is examined in the novel and film versions of The Shining. John Lutz’s essay pinpoints in these works three interrelated elements of what Freud called the “uncanny”—the domestic abuse story, “the postcolonial narrative of American expansion at the expense of nonwhite victims, and the desire for power and control that underlies commodification and the social hierarchies that reinforce it.”

WRITING ‘THE SHINING’ – by Diane Johnson

2018-02-02T08:46:56+00:00January 8th, 2018|Categories: CINEMA|Tags: , , |

We each began by deconstructing King’s novel separately, reducing it to essential scenes, comparing our lists of scenes, and winnowing them down to a hundred or so. I tore bits of exposition and dialogue out of a paper­back copy of the novel and put them in little envelopes on which were written “# 1 The Arrival,” and so on.

THE SHINING: A NEW DEFINITION FOR “ULTIMATE HORROR” – by Jim Wynorski [Fangoria]

2017-12-12T12:24:34+00:00December 9th, 2017|Categories: CINEMA|Tags: , , , |

Both Kubrick and King merit congratulations for making The Shining one of the most overpowering experiences of horror ever committed to celluloid. It manages to treat intangible, elusive subjects—ghosts, demons, spirits and the like—as if they were as real as this morning's headlines.

STANLEY KUBRICK’S THE SHINING – Review by Flo Leibowitz and Lynn Jeffress [Film Quarterly]

2017-09-16T13:13:43+00:00September 16th, 2017|Categories: CINEMA|Tags: , , , |

by Flo Leibowitz and Lynn Jeffress To all appearances, The Shining is simply a hope­lessly clichéd gothic horror film. Can this be ser­ious? A lonely house on a hill haunted by ancestral ghosts that curse successive generations and force them to re-enact the original horror. It is not even redeemed [...]

KUBRICK’S SHINING – Review by Richard T. Jameson [Film Comment]

2018-02-09T17:40:45+00:00March 23rd, 2017|Categories: CINEMA|Tags: , , , |

by Richard T. Jameson Camera comes in low over an immense Western lake, its destination apparently a small island at the center that seems to consist of nothing but treetops. Draw nearer, then sweep over and pass the island, skewing slightly now in search of a central focus at the [...]

REMEMBRANCE OF THINGS FORGOTTEN: THE SHINING

2017-03-18T17:24:00+00:00March 15th, 2017|Categories: CINEMA|Tags: |

by Thomas Allen Nelson After Barry Lyndon, his least commercially successful but one of his most artistically satisfying films, Stanley Kubrick turned to a contemporary American horror novel by Stephen King. As interesting a potboiler in its own right as Thackeray’s obscure nineteenth-century picaresque adventure, King’s The Shining (1977) represented [...]