The Top 63 Marathon, part 16
Title: The Shining
Length: 143 minutes
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Writers: Stanley Kubrick & Diane Johnson, based on the novel by Stephen King
Starring: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd
Music: Wendy Carlos & Rachel Elkind (but mostly non-original music)
Distinctions: currently #48 on the IMDb’s Top 250
Synopsis: a family spends the winter in an isolated, haunted hotel
How I saw it: on video several times, most recently two days ago (rented from Netflix)
Special effects/design: Great.
Music: Great. Although, I kind of wish Kubrick had used more Wendy Carlos; her theme fits the tone of the movie much better than the frantic and busy classical stuff he used.
Subjective Rating: 8/10 (Great). The story’s dumb, and the movie’s never very scary for something that’s supposed to be horror. But it’s extremely suspenseful, and the imagery is unforgettable. The movie has a sort of lumbering enormity to it that you can’t look away from.
Objective Rating: 3.1/4 (Very good).