The Shining

Secluded in a remote hotel for the winter, a family is terrorized by ghosts.
Psychological Thriller
Horror for Beginners
United States
United Kingdom
1980
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Character Focus: 
Professional Film
Ghost Film
Relative: 
Father
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The horror film that shines!
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Photography
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Performances
The Shining is the ultimate ghost movie. It is not only about the dead coming back, but about vice, mental illness and human evil. It is a slow burn that never gets boring because when nothing happens, photography does. It is among Kubrick’s best work and one of the best horror movies ever made. The hotel is a dense psychedelic labyrinth, and the script follows the same theme and logic.
Fans of thrillers get a thick depiction of family violence caused by alcoholism and supernatural lovers get scary ghosts. When mental illness and seclusion are gradually added to the equation, claustrophobia takes a new meaning. This is a long feature that constantly foreshadows, setting a stressful and uncomfortable tone that is as efficient psychologically as it is viscerally.
The set design is right out of a nightmare. The actors are so vigorous and meticulous it is troubling. Family horror, when approached so brilliantly, becomes something we can all relate to. It is never explicit about taboos, but quickly hints at many twisted concepts that make the movie highly rewatchable. Get ready to be immersed and shook up. Prepare for the horror experience of a life time!
Alternate Titles: 
Stanley Kubrick's The Shining
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