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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Day 8: All work and no play..."

Day 8 of the 31 Days of Halloween countdown:

The Shining (1980)

I don't think this film needs an introduction or a play-by-play telling you what it is about. If you do need one, then stop reading now, go to the video store, and buy it.

A film about the complete meltdown of the mind of a writer stuck in a huge vacancy with his wife and son. Truly scary. Supposedly, Stephen King did not like this adaptation of his book and allowed for another one to be made. That other version was frigging awful! There is nothing better than watching Jack Nicholson get crazy with an axe.


  1. Creepiest twins ever! I actually liked this movie even though I hate horror movies, and particularly realistic ones involving mental issues. It just has an atmosphere.

  2. so I want you to know i've been keeping up with your countdown, though the comments have not shown it. My apologies. But this a pure classic. I rented it a few years ago cuz my girlfriend at the time hadn't seen it and I just loved the noise effect -- how the tension would build and build.

    Sidenote: have you ever seen the video for "The Kill" by 30 Seconds to Mars? It's basically a tribute to this movie.

    I don't know how to post links in comments, but if you haven't seen it, here is the url:


  3. This was my first King movie and it was brilliant. Not many people can stomach his genius, but this one is at the top of my list.

  4. @Soda- The great thing about this movie is I believe that most writers in real life are only a few steps from going nuts and wielding an axe.

    @Mr O- No apologies necessary. I slack off on the comments sometimes too. I'll def. check out that vid, thanx

    @Lady Truth- It is by far and away the best King adaptation...did you see The Mist? Pretty good as well, but not going in my count down


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