Posted on 12/09/06 11:11 PM
The Shining (1980)
Directed By: Stanley Kubrick
[left] As I have not seen many horror films it will be hard for me to make my judgement on this compared to others. I am steadily getting into Kubrick's fine library of films. He is one of the most artistic and talented directors I have seen. Out of the films of his I have seen he always manages to bring something new and original to the story and the film. His films are intriguing and entertaining. This film was no different.
I had often heard criticism of the film being Kubrick's worst picture. Well I think this film was brilliant. First of all the acting. This film has such fine performances that I just don't understand the criticism toward Jack Nicholson. He delivered a great performance and he play a menacing psycho very well. Always having just a disturbing and terrifying look to him. Shelby Duvall was good but not great. Her voice was a tad bit annoying as well as her behavior but, that may just be the character. Danny Lloyd was great as well considering that he was a child.
It's amazing that Kubrick was able to direct the entire film without the kid knowing it was a horror film. The other supporting roles where fine as well. The story and script were also pretty top notch. The story getting a little confusing jumping between characters and situations but, you figure it all out in the end. There is not that much dialog but, all the good lines are spoken by Jack Nicholson and in a very menacing way. The strongest point of this film is by far the directing. Never have I seen such beautiful camera work done on a horror film. Kubrick's tracking shots are amazing.
My favorite being the first tracking shot of Danny on his tricycle and it circles around the room. Like all of Kubrick's films this one stands out as a fine piece of art. The camera work is absolutely stunning. This film is by far the most artistic horror film. As for the horror....creep. This on is different. There is really no parts that make you jump more of creepy images that scare you. The film reallies on music to get the jumps. What a fine and horrifying score it is. The cinematography is also very good. Kubrick's use of bright red and orange is brilliant. I don't think there is one shot in the film that doesn't include bright red in it. Except maybe towards the end.
Overall this is a horror film close to perfection. Maybe I am giving it a little to much praise but, it just really stood out to me. Easily one of the best horror films ever and a notable high lite of Kubrick's career. I recommend this film to anyone who is looking for some of the best tracking shots ever and a good scare. Great film.