The Shining (1980)

I had never seen this film before in my life. The closest I’d got to knowing what it was even about was watching that classic Simpsons episode – ‘NO TV AND NO BEER MAKE HOMER GO CRAZY’.

For those of you newbies like me, I’ll just insert a cheeky copy and paste from IMDb to give you a rundown of the basic plot; ‘A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future.’

I was hooked from the opening scene where you’re watching the car drive through the snowy scenery and the camera is flying through the air whilst the chilling score is blasting – that set the initial creepy factor pretty high indeed.

Jack Nicholson was out of this world incredible. He made me feel so creeped out that I was continuously laughing out loud because I was genuinely nervous about what he was going to do next.

True, this isn’t the scariest film I’ve ever seen – but I’m sure it’s the best horror movie I’ve ever seen in my life!

Everything about this film is so over the top and dramatic, but in the best possible way. From the quick as thunder zoom ins to Danny and Wendy’s top notch facial expressions, every little detail is there to freak you the hell out.

The villain wasn’t masked, you didn’t have to spend the whole film trying to guess who it might be, he’s there right in front of you and it’s really unsettling to watch his terrifying decent into madness.

The pacing is fantastic and it demonstrates his subtle – drastic changes as the days and months go by.

Another thing I have to say is this film is so God damn quotable – pretty much everything Jack Nicholson says in the last 30 minutes of the film is just gold! I couldn’t stop giggling at how awesome it was to have a character reciting a nursery rhyme whilst hacking down a bathroom door with an axe – it’s just genius!

I am gutted I waited so long to give it a chance, but I’m glad that I got to see this for the first time at the cinema – it deserves your full attention and I think it made me appreciate it all that more.

9/10 – This is one of my favourite films of all time and I can’t wait until next Halloween when I can watch it all over again.

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