The Shining is such a good horror movie that the five second clip of it they show in Twister that I saw when I was nine gave me nightmares for two years. Sure it’s an especially potent five seconds but come on.
Stanley Kubrick’s great. I’m not gonna be the guy saying he’s not. That’s not me. But the man had an emotional blind-spot you could walk a parade through sideways. Nowhere (except maybe Dr. Strangelove? I’d hear you out if you made that case) does it work more to his advantage. The movie knows it has no human element beyond the lizard-brain sense of fear it evokes in you. And it never breaks character. That’s what’s so amazing about this movie. It never tells you when to be scared. There’s no sense of relief like “ah okay at least I’m SUPPOSED to be scared here.” The movie just stares you dead in the eye for its entire runtime. It’s a deadpan routine that never lets up. Buster Keaton is walking towards you slowly and you can see the knife in his hand the whole time.
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