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Coming soon to a theater near you. If The Shining were made today. [via waxy]
posted by keswick (91 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

 
The feel good movie of the year!
posted by fatbobsmith at 9:30 PM on September 28, 2005


[this is genius]
posted by Armitage Shanks at 9:30 PM on September 28, 2005


Is it too early to say this is Oscar worthy?
posted by Rothko at 9:31 PM on September 28, 2005


Wow. Just wow. Genius, indeed! Speaks volumes on the current state of Hollywood.
posted by zardoz at 9:35 PM on September 28, 2005


INGENIOUS!
posted by ArsncHeart at 9:40 PM on September 28, 2005


Fantastic.
posted by BackwardsCity at 9:40 PM on September 28, 2005


Best.
Of.
The.
Web.

And then some.
posted by sequential at 9:41 PM on September 28, 2005


[this is good]
posted by kenko at 9:45 PM on September 28, 2005


So well done, it made me want to puke.
posted by fenriq at 9:46 PM on September 28, 2005


[very good.]
posted by dersins at 9:47 PM on September 28, 2005


Please warn on .mov direct links thanks
posted by stbalbach at 9:50 PM on September 28, 2005


beat me by 5 minutes, keswick!
posted by scarabic at 9:54 PM on September 28, 2005


Hah! Excellent work!
posted by Thoth at 9:55 PM on September 28, 2005


Brilliant!

(also, The Shining is probably King's best book)
posted by sbutler at 9:57 PM on September 28, 2005


I think it's funny, but I think the "if the Shining were made today" part is crap. There hasn't been any trend towards doing away with horror movies in Hollywood.
posted by teece at 10:00 PM on September 28, 2005


My faith in the internets is renewed.
posted by drpynchon at 10:00 PM on September 28, 2005


Aw. That looks like a sweet movie.
posted by ColdChef at 10:01 PM on September 28, 2005


i could actually feel tears rising to the surface
posted by troybob at 10:03 PM on September 28, 2005


Still scary, but not in that way. Excellent link.
posted by blahblahblah at 10:05 PM on September 28, 2005


I lost it when the Peter Gabriel kicked in...
posted by Robot Johnny at 10:06 PM on September 28, 2005


Absolutely brilliant.
posted by symphonik at 10:07 PM on September 28, 2005


stbalbach: You do know if you hover on a link, it will display the target URL, right? kthxbye
teece: You completely misunderstood what I mean by that comment.
posted by keswick at 10:08 PM on September 28, 2005


In these cynical, troubling times, Stanley Kubrick's touching new film, The Shining, quietly and lovingly reminds us that that most beleaguered of institutions, the American family, might just make it after all. Steady, relentlessly optimistic, and miraculously free of the tiresome paranoia that haunts so much modern cinema, Kubrick has finally realized his potential as our unqualifiedly great filmmakers.
posted by kosem at 10:09 PM on September 28, 2005


Also, for compairosn, here's the real trailer. Someone may want to mirror it, because I suspect it won't last long.
posted by keswick at 10:10 PM on September 28, 2005


Oh dear god, that is wonderful.

All it needs is a cutesy "I don't want to go there, Mrs. Torrance."
posted by kenlayne at 10:11 PM on September 28, 2005


Awesome.
posted by odinsdream at 10:17 PM on September 28, 2005


Two thumbs up!
posted by mr.curmudgeon at 10:22 PM on September 28, 2005


Very very well done. I wonder if the creators are professional trailer producers, or aim to be such?

Notice, despite the cheezey topping, just how striking Kubrick's visual compositions remain.
posted by soiled cowboy at 10:38 PM on September 28, 2005


Simply, incredibly, awesome.
posted by monju_bosatsu at 10:39 PM on September 28, 2005


wow...I have been titored!
posted by svenvog at 10:46 PM on September 28, 2005


Wow, thanx you guys. Tomorrow is my Mom's birthday, and we were gonna rent 'Maid in America', but this looks super super sweet! It'll really take her mind off the diverticulosous.
AAAAAAAA+++++++ FFP!!!
posted by maryh at 10:50 PM on September 28, 2005


Brilliant.
posted by Ynoxas at 10:50 PM on September 28, 2005


I'm mirroring the video on my site, just in case.
posted by waxpancake at 10:58 PM on September 28, 2005


hahahahha, I love the simple twist on the title at the end. "The Shining" sounds so incomplete and mysterious, but "Shining" sounds so damn happy and schmaltzy. Perfect.
posted by 23skidoo at 11:04 PM on September 28, 2005


This reminds me... I remember reading about a horror movie director that would submit his film to be rated with a light hearted "placeholder" soundtrack so that a film would seem less violent than it really was, and thus get a lighter rating so it wouldn't have to be edited.
posted by bobo123 at 11:10 PM on September 28, 2005


shit, I'm an assistant editor, too, and I envy that dude his brilliance. way to go. this is awesome and a half.
posted by shmegegge at 11:12 PM on September 28, 2005


I loved this so very, very much. Kudos to the guy who did it, and thanks Andy for finding it in the first place!
posted by jonson at 11:25 PM on September 28, 2005


Editor here too. That was absolutely great. What's PS 260?
posted by brownpau at 11:26 PM on September 28, 2005


Can you imagine how many times the maker of this short had to watch the original to distill this concentrated piece of loveliness out of it?

'All work and no play makes....'
posted by rawfishy at 11:27 PM on September 28, 2005


stbalbach: You do know if you hover on a link

oh, my mistake.
posted by stbalbach at 11:41 PM on September 28, 2005


Man -- that's amazingly good. I just forwarded that on to my SO -- The Shining is her favorite movie. And I've just got to say, the real trailer is amazingly good, too -- I hadn't seen that before. It's remarkable that, even when it's just one stationary shot and even when you KNOW WHAT'S COMING how completely tense and eerie it is. We need more trailers like that.
posted by Rev. Syung Myung Me at 11:45 PM on September 28, 2005


Heh, it looks like PS260 is a high-profile editing house based out of New York. If you browse their site, it looks like their staff have edited number of high-profile commercials (IBM, Heineken, Sony).

Anyway... I'll leave you with this, which is in the same directory as the Shining preview, as well as a bunch of lofi action figure animation of dinosaurs and
pigs overdosing on cocaine
.
posted by monaco at 11:52 PM on September 28, 2005


I wonder how audiences responded to the original trailer. Quite disturbing.

The worst trailers are the ones that go on interminably, and give you vast chunks of the plot in the process. Unbelievably dumb.
posted by snoktruix at 12:13 AM on September 29, 2005


So the writer adopts this kid and then overcomes writer's block? I hate it when the trailer gives away practically the whole movie.
posted by JT at 12:18 AM on September 29, 2005


"I'm your new foster father!" turns out to be from About Schmidt. Brilliant.
posted by johngoren at 12:26 AM on September 29, 2005


thanks for finding the origin of that soundbite, johngoren. For some reason that was really bothering me.
posted by maryh at 12:59 AM on September 29, 2005


That was beautiful <3
posted by Lizc at 1:42 AM on September 29, 2005


Love how Jack kissing the corpse of an old woman seems romantic and sweet.
posted by zardoz at 1:43 AM on September 29, 2005


monaco: I saw the dinosaur/pig cocain stop motion videos over a year ago, as some student's final project for an undergraduate film production class at Columbia. Either the Barnard/Columbia student had stolen it or they've got some connection to ps260.
posted by DrKatz at 2:05 AM on September 29, 2005


According to tatteredcoat.com, the trailer was the winner of a competition run by a post-production house.

In case that interests anyone...
posted by badlydubbedboy at 2:57 AM on September 29, 2005


This was great, but it reminded me of the trailer for No Man's Land that was on the DVD. For those of you who don't remember it, No Man's Land is about a Bosnian and a Serb trapped in a trench between the opposing forces together. It's about the horrors of war, the ineptitude of the UN in handling the situation, etc. But the trailer made it look like a light-hearted comedy, by cherry-picking parts of scenes just like this. What crazy adventures will this rag-tag bunch of outsiders have next? You'll just have to watch it to find out.
posted by Who_Am_I at 4:01 AM on September 29, 2005


More props.
posted by Wolfdog at 4:32 AM on September 29, 2005


Bravo!
posted by moonbird at 4:53 AM on September 29, 2005


The next time someone complains about a single link post, we must all point them here, because this one made my morning.
posted by Remy at 5:04 AM on September 29, 2005


Cool video, shame about the "If The Shining were made today" snark.
posted by cillit bang at 5:21 AM on September 29, 2005


Very, very good, but for maximum effect the voiceover should have begun with "in a world".
posted by Zonker at 5:26 AM on September 29, 2005


REDRUM! REDRUM!

Is the voiceover actor someone who actually does the voiceover in one of those standard family movie trailers, or did they just imitate the tone and style to perfection?

Following the links I read this was the winner in a competition. Would be cool to see the other entries too.
posted by funambulist at 5:33 AM on September 29, 2005


In a world...

Ah, no "In a world..." Jack.

What do you mean no "In a world..."?
posted by beowulf573 at 6:02 AM on September 29, 2005


Cool video, shame about the "If The Shining were made today" snark.

Actually, thats the best deserved Snark I think I've ever seen. Theres no way The Shining would get made today.
posted by stumcg at 6:06 AM on September 29, 2005


Its a shame about that "foster father" quote. It would have been more complete if it all the source material was from "The Shining". Still, just brilliant.
posted by doozer_ex_machina at 6:13 AM on September 29, 2005


Wow lots of editors on here. Had no idea (me too).

Great link.
posted by fungible at 6:32 AM on September 29, 2005


Its a shame about that "foster father" quote ...

Yeah, that kinda bugged me. My mind screeched to a halt, because... I was pretty sure that wasn't in the movie.
posted by odinsdream at 6:45 AM on September 29, 2005


you know, that didn't bother me nearly as much as expecting to hear the title of this post in the trailer somewhere... and then not.
posted by shmegegge at 6:52 AM on September 29, 2005


Theres no way The Shining would get made today.

And neither would the movie it's been turned into. That genre peaked in about 1997.
posted by cillit bang at 7:05 AM on September 29, 2005


This remade Shining trailer is inspired. I hope they make more of them!

One of my earliest distinct memories of moviegoing is seeing the theatrical teaser trailer for The Shining. The trailer consists of the Elevator Flood Of Blood Scene. Since the film was released in May 1980, I must have been 7 or 8 when I saw the trailer. (side note: why they showed this trailer before a G or PG rated movie is a mystery to me.) I remember seeing the trailer, and asking my 10 year old brother next to me if the hotel guests were going to drown in all that blood. My brother said (God bless him) that the hotel was closed and no one was there. I thought he meant 'closed for the night' (which makes no sense), and I remember thinking "gee, what about the janitor? isn't anyone at the hotel?"

I didn't see the movie until I was 16 or 17. Quickly, The Shining became one of my favorite scary movies. When I received The Shining DVD for Christmas a few years back, my brother and sister and I all gathered around the TV and watched the trailer again. For all three of us, it was like exorcising an ancient demon, like confronting the monster in your bedroom closet.
posted by Lord Kinbote at 7:22 AM on September 29, 2005


Who_Am_I I hear you loud and clear about No Man's Land. What the hell.
posted by mrs.pants at 8:46 AM on September 29, 2005


I had no sound & still got the tone just from the wipes. Very well done.
posted by stinkycheese at 9:02 AM on September 29, 2005


Wow. Really, that was brilliant.
posted by arcticwoman at 9:13 AM on September 29, 2005


I love the simple twist on the title at the end. "The Shining" sounds so incomplete and mysterious, but "Shining" sounds so damn happy and schmaltzy. Perfect.

"'Shining'? Don't you mean 'The Shining'?"

"Shhhh! Do you want to get sued?"
posted by dgaicun at 9:20 AM on September 29, 2005


I'm not sure if I liked it or if I need my brain scrubbed. Sleepy. So sleepy. Must be the sugar shock...
posted by lodurr at 10:12 AM on September 29, 2005


But what about the "Heeeeere's Johnny!!" scene??
posted by LordSludge at 10:25 AM on September 29, 2005


And neither would the movie it's been turned into. That genre peaked in about 1997.

You're right. It brings to mind happy-go-lucky independent films I'd see trailers for in the late '90s.
posted by johngoren at 10:43 AM on September 29, 2005


This was fantastic! Like doozer_ex_machina, though, I wish they would have left out the foster father quote.
posted by LeeJay at 11:20 AM on September 29, 2005


How easy is it to manipulate emotion?? Damn that was good!
posted by kuatto at 12:01 PM on September 29, 2005


But that 'foster father' misdirects the entire sense of the thing by casting it as more of a family-friendly thing.

FULL DISCLOSURE: I'vwe been wating for the moment when either free time or technology allows people to make ther own film mash-ups from existing movies, sort of like loading up a 5 disk CD player and setting the thing to 'random play', but not as random. Inagine a 'new' cut of 'North By Northwest' with inserts from 'To Catch a Theif' or the original 'Get Carter' with inserts from 'The Ipcress File' and 'The Fourth Protocol' — there's a whole world of narrative out there, just waiting to be re-cut by hobbyists!
posted by vhsiv at 12:03 PM on September 29, 2005


I love the use of the shawshank redemption music right before the peter gabriel song.
posted by mfbridges at 2:45 PM on September 29, 2005


Excellent, excellent. :p
posted by slf at 4:46 PM on September 29, 2005


vhsiv, I agree - that can't come quickly enough. Like all the scenes movies with Bogart that were spliced together for 'Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid', but with stranger plots. I think as with audio mash-ups, there would be a lot of dreck, but the really good stuff would shine. ...as it were.
posted by Zack_Replica at 4:59 PM on September 29, 2005


ow. well that sentence sucked for me....
"Similar to the scenes from movies with Bogart in them that were spliced together...." is what it should've been.
posted by Zack_Replica at 5:10 PM on September 29, 2005


Awesome. The Fight Club DVD has a great trailer on it that they labeled "Girl's Club", cut to make the movie look like it's about the romantic tribulations of Helena Bonham Carter.
posted by PinkStainlessTail at 5:38 PM on September 29, 2005


Wonderful. Beautiful editing.
posted by cortex at 5:53 PM on September 29, 2005


Not to worry Zack, I understand what you're getting at. I have this really strange little editor's imagination — I probably ought to have tried to get into film that way, but was discouraged from the field by 'artistic differences'. My collage imagination has served me in other ways, however.

Once home-made movie mash-ups go public (and the lawyers get over it) I expect it to become a fairly big art-form, with Kine-mixers getting shows at MoMA and other big art-houses.

Now that I think about it, it could be a win-win situation for all parties concerned: The big studios could start to see a new and positive revenue stream from all sorts of drek that just gathering dust in their vaults as mash-up editors mine old footage for cutaways, SFX and sampled dialogue. The only impediment will be the amount of planning it'll take to put stuff like that together. But if Chris Marker (not to mention Kenneth Anger) could do it in 1962, it should be substantially easier to do it with computers in the 21st c.
posted by vhsiv at 7:11 PM on September 29, 2005


The music segment right before the Peter Gabriel sounded like Thomas Newman. Was that from American Beauty?
posted by horsewithnoname at 8:14 PM on September 29, 2005


waxpancake, your mirrored file doesn't seem to work. Waxy has a mirror up in the meantime.
posted by Tuwa at 9:37 AM on September 30, 2005


Erm. By which I mean, "hey, look at me, I can miss the parenthetical text above in the FPP."
posted by Tuwa at 10:00 AM on September 30, 2005


I love the use of the shawshank redemption music right before the peter gabriel song.

The music segment right before the Peter Gabriel sounded like Thomas Newman. Was that from American Beauty?

Indeed, Thomas Newman was the composer of the Shawshank Redemption soundtrack.
posted by kindall at 11:26 AM on September 30, 2005


Thanks, this is so very good.
posted by rxreed at 12:39 PM on September 30, 2005


This is wonderful, echoing all. THANKS.

I'd love to see a take like this on Requiem for a Dream; maybe something wacky reframed to resemble Weekend at Bernies? "Two roomates ...."
posted by Peter H at 1:15 PM on September 30, 2005


I don't know whether to laugh or cry.
posted by Francesnash at 1:54 PM on September 30, 2005


Tuwa: I run Waxy.org. The link I posted goes to the same place as yours, silly.
posted by waxpancake at 1:15 AM on October 1, 2005


Well color me confused then. The link you posted kept not working (it kept saving as a file just a few bites in size); the other link (different URL but to the same file, apparently) did work.

I got nothing.

[Bows out]
posted by Tuwa at 11:44 AM on October 1, 2005


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