The Rosenhan Study Was Bunk. The Nightmare Fuel in Doctor Sleep. The Gospel According to Kanye. Destroying Your Lungs to Own the Libs. Kamala Harris Proposes More School. T hud. Stanley Kubrick was interested in making a horror film and had a stack of scary novels in his office. He would make it through a few pages of one, then throw it against the wall in disgust. Did Kubrick ever make a more hopeful film? Only two in The Shining , and one by natural causes. Compare to Paths of Glory hundreds in battle plus three men executed in a show trial , four astronauts get murdered by a computer, one computer gets murdered by an astronaut , Dr.
Strangelove hundreds of millions and Barry Lyndon everyone in the 18th century is now dead, we are reminded mordantly in the epilogue. More people die in Lolita three, one murdered than in The Shining. But Kubrick was an atheist, leaning toward nihilism, and like many in those groups he was attracted to the supernatural as a possible exit from total despair.
Ghosts are immortal. Nicholson, in that documentary, seems fairly sanguine. He had fallen into the habit of choosing his projects by the respect he held for their directors. Among Hollywood horror films, The Shining was exceptional in nearly every way, and those exceptions are why it frustrated initial viewers but also why it became a classic. Kubrick said he was thinking of how Kafka used a matter-of-fact, journalistic style to describe bizarre events; eeriness would be enhanced by ordinariness. His film is also tightly limited in its violence, with just one murder taking place, and that one long delayed.
Every time Jack speaks to a ghost, there is a mirror or reflective surface in front of him; the film is precisely engineered to be equivocal about the existence of the ghosts. We thought it was dull.
Where was the excitement? I thought this too, but I was When the film hit HBO, though, something strange happened. Everybody watched it again.
And again. And everyone kept talking about it. Like all great films, The Shining is built not so much to be watched as to be re-watched. Few reviewers grasped how the film actually worked, how penetrating it would prove to be over time, how it anticipated that ambiguity can be more frightening than certainty, how it shook something deep in the cortex rather than relying mostly on cheap surprises of the kind that work only the first time you see them.
More articles. I still use some of them as weights to strengthen my arms. So mentally and psychically his books always help me a lot!!! View all 10 comments. Sep 25, D. Being a big fan of Stephen King, especially his early work, I waited with nervous anticipation for Dr. I reread The Shining for the first time in years, just to reacquaint myself with the world of Danny Torrance and the Overlook Hotel.
It was on my kindle within minutes of it being released, and I spent the past two afternoons ignoring housework in favor of diving into one of Kings rare sequels. So how does it measure up? If, on the other hand, you are looking for the next story in the life of Danny Torrance then you will probably find this much more satisfying.
Dan Torrance is a grown man and an alcoholic who has hit rock bottom and is now trying to recover. He works at a hospice where he uses his talent to help dying patients pass over. Over time he becomes aware of another child with The Shining, and this girl is far more powerful than he was. Sadly, I think the monsters are one of the areas where this book falls short of what it could have been. The problem here is that the author spends too much time in the heads of his bad guys. King is a master of characterization, and that shows with many of the characters in this book.
You feel real sympathy for Dan Torrance, and connect with several of the other characters as well. Rose the Hat is no Walking Dude. But that is really the only flaw of the book. I absolutely do recommend this book, but just take it on its own merits. I give it four stars. Once upon a time, there was a girl. She liked to read, but was at a crossroads between being too old for childish books, and a bit too young for cheesy romance novels with Fabio on the cover. The girl loved scary movies and all things horror and wondered if maybe there were things written like that.
She asked the librarian, who handed her a book. The girl ran home and closed herself up in her room. She sat down and started to read a book called Carrie , by an author named Stephen King. She devoured that Once upon a time, there was a girl. She devoured that book and went on to read every single book by her new favorite author, including those under the name Richard Bachman. When those ran out, she explored different authors like Koontz, Saul, Cook, and Crichton, just to name a few.
So many doors were opened and so many journeys taken, worlds explored, over many years. Maybe I'll get back to this story a bit later. I rarely do this, but for King I tend to make exceptions. Finally, the other day my Kindle got a present.
I started to panic, envisioning Under the Dome, which sits on my kindle shelf. A book that I've tried to read twice, without success. I didn't want Doctor Sleep, which features one of my favorite characters, to fall by the wayside and have the same fate. Luckily it picked up and I was trapped in the pages. Doctor Sleep is said to be The Shining 2. While some parts of this may be true, for the most part it's a standalone.
You do not have to read The Shining to read this. Read it anyway because it's fuckawesome. There is no spooktastic Overlook Hotel, it has long ago perished. The only real connection between the two books is Dan, our main. Dan, who was a five year old scared little boy in The Shining, now a man. A man who is a fucked up alcoholic hot mess. The villains aren't ghosts of a haunted hotel, but beings like vampires, I guess , who kill children who Shine. Sucking up their essence as they die. I won't say more about the story.
I'm not here to give a full blown play by play, because in essence, then why would you need to read the book? I can say this. If someone who had never read Stephen King, asked me if this should be their first book, I would say no. This is a quieter Stephen King.
Danny she befriends but the woman, not so much. Edit Article Add New Article. Recent searches:. So Danny now Dan lives in the town of Frazier and is a groundskeeper for a little village called Teeny Town. I will not have any nights on in my case days of lost sleep because of the images King has proferred. By Daniel J.
It is not a horror story. There's no hiding under the blankets or checking the drain in the bathroom, looking for a creepy clown named Pennywise. The bad guys aren't scary. More like washed up.
Shadows of what a bad guy should be. Stephen King knows how to write villains. I repeat, this is really not a horror story. For those of us who have read The Shining, what a joy it was to see some characters we loved from that book. I wish Tony had more of a story, I'm always curious about him. Perhaps a book for Tony, Mr. For me, reading Dan again was like meeting an old friend after many years. He was forever frozen as a boy in my mind.
Now he has come full circle.