The Shining

“Hello, Danny. Come and play with us. Come and play with us, Danny. Forever and ever and ever.”

Stephen King may not have been a fan of what Stanley Kubrick did when he turned King’s third novel, “The Shining,” into one of his films, but audiences didn’t seem to mind. King purists still have problems with some of Kubrick’s decisions, but the film has withstood the test of time and still stands up as one of the great horror movies out there. Join us — Pete Wright and Andy Nelson — as we begin our Stephen King series with Kubrick’s “The Shining.” We talk about how the film works for us and why, looking at which of the performances stand out and which seem maybe a bit over-the-top for us. We discuss Kubrick’s touches on the film, from beginning to end, and discuss what those touches do for the film. We chat about the differences between the book and the movie and how changing the focus of the story does create a very interesting journey into our character’s heads. We touch on various elements of the crew — the cinematographer, the steadicam operator, the production designer & art director, and the editor — and look at their contributions to this frightening film. We ask ourselves if there really is any logic to the photo at the end, and if that matters. And we dismiss the documentary “Room 237” and its conspiracy theories as a bunch of bunk. It’s a fun conversation about one of the great Stephen King adaptations, even if it is one that King was disappointed with. Tune in!

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