Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The Shining (1980)

Links: TVTropes, Wikipedia, IMDB (8.5).

I somehow managed to reach adulthood without having seen The Shining, but after having absorbed most of it through pop-culture osmosis, I finally sat down to watch it.  I... well, I'm not sure what I was expecting, but what I saw wasn't it.  In particular, the movie was much more of an explicitly supernatural horror story than I'd been led to believe, over and above the "shining" ability itself.  I was considerably less impressed with the film when I found out it was basically a haunted house story, and not a psychological thriller about a man driven to hallucinations and homicide by cabin fever.  I guess as far as Stephen King stories about haunted locations go (another one?), this was pretty decent, though.  Score: 3 stars out of 4.

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