by Cayce McCarthy. Arts and Entertainment blogger.
Last night for the first time ever I saw the film The Shining and honestly, I have no clue as to why that film is so popular and considered an occult classic because I thought the film was absolute garbage. Other than Jack Nicholson’s performance and iconic line “Here’s Johnny,” the film is stupid, has plot holes, doesn’t have any connection between things almost as if they were randomly thrown in, and overall just makes zero sense. I can understand why the author Stephen King despises this film. First of all, the director Stanley Kubrick threw out the original script that King wrote himself for the film adaptation and secondly it appears to not follow much of the novel. In the age of remakes, especially Stephen King horror film adaptions, I don’t see why Hollywood wouldn’t give this one a remake that does the book more justice.
I’m sorry but nothing in that film was scary and couldn’t be scary because it didn’t make any sense. Like what’s the significance of the 1921 4th of July party, is Grady the main demonic power at the hotel or is there something else? Not mention there wasn’t much explanation behind Danny and his weird “friend” Tony. I mean was that a part of his powers or was the kid slightly psychotic too? The side character Hallorann didn’t really feel like he fit the storyline either.
To me, it seemed like he was just thrown in there to slightly explain Danny’s visions. Also, if they share the same “powers” and Hallorann saw visions of murder and death then why on Earth did he not go to the hotel without a weapon and or at least bring some friends with weapons as well? Well, to be fair horror film logic is skewed. To be quite honest I would like to see a new film that respects King’s work but further explains the psychosis of Danny and Jack. I want to see scenes of Jack actually beginning to notice or hear strange things that make him feel like he’s trapped in his own head before he finally snaps unlike in the original where Jack has some blank stares and then sees things goes back to normal until he spaces out again.
In this age in horror films, this film would be a great psychological thriller. Not just with Jack and Danny, but the wife, Wendy, who should be explored more as well. For example, her denial that her husband was abusive at one point should be explained more. Not only that but I think there should be more details into how Jack and Wendy fell in love because in the movie their relationship wasn’t believable at all. In fact, it would have made more sense if they explained that Jack got Wendy pregnant and decided to marry her out of that responsibility but not because he loved her.
Furthermore, the overall history of the hotel should be further explained like the party guests, the lady in room 237, and that weird bear and guy couple. Let’s not forget the picture at the end of the film. Were those supposed to be all the victims that the hotel is claimed and does that mean Jack remains there to turn the next lone person there to go mad like himself? An overall backstory is clearly missing in this film making it have a pointlessness to it. The only thing that scared me in that film was the horrible and gaudy décor.