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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer View Post
    Finally rewatched it a few weeks ago, after years and years of not.
    (I watched the Room 237 documentary around the same time as well; it might still be on NetFlix.)

    My basic observations:

    1. It's not nearly as faithful an adaptation in tone to King's book as the later TV series, which actually makes Jack a sympathetic character.

    2. That aside, taken as a standalone, it's a really good movie. And everything is so stark, and controlled; anything in that movie is there because Kubrick wanted it to be, down to the pictures on the wall and the arrangement of the cannisters in the walk-in. Even the hotel layout is designed to disorient; there are one-take scenes where Danny is traveling on his Big Wheel and the layout is wrong and doesn't overlap where it should, and there are scenes where they walk out of the same door they entered a minute earlier and the hallway outside is different. Just crazy stuff.
    I think The Shining is one of the only properly scary (not jump scare bullshit or needless gore) movies ever made.

    Despite the crazy occurrences during the film, it's the plausibility of man's descent into madness that strikes me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DiscoBiscuit View Post
    I think The Shining is one of the only properly scary (not jump scare bullshit or needless gore) movies ever made.

    Despite the crazy occurrences during the film, it's the plausibility of man's descent into madness that strikes me.
    Forgot about that one^ Kubrick builds up tension like a mofo with hardly any devices.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ginkgo View Post
    Forgot about that one^ Kubrick builds up tension like a mofo with hardly any devices.
    The thing about The Shining is that its as if someone never told Kubrick, that Horror movies were supposed to be campy gore fests instead of serious cinema.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DiscoBiscuit View Post
    The thing about The Shining is that its as if someone never told Kubrick, that Horror movies were supposed to be campy gore fests instead of serious cinema.
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    Lolz. The studio, looking to market schlock, was like, "Shit,Stanley, now what on earth are we supposed to do with THIS?"
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    Alright, I finally had time to throw something together. Release dates are listed to help distinguish between different versions and to make them easier to find.

    They're not all horror. Some thriller/suspense/other are thrown in. Also some of these have already been mentioned probably.

    The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
    Frankenstein (1931)
    Freaks (1932)
    The Thing From Another World (1951)
    Village of the Damned (1960)
    Psycho (1960)
    The Innocents (1961)
    Repulsion (1965)
    Rosemary's Baby (1968)
    Night of the Living Dead (1968)
    The Exorcist (1973)
    The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
    Jaws (1975)
    Halloween (1978)
    Dawn of the Dead (1978)
    Alien (1979)
    The Shining (1980)
    The Thing (1982)
    The Dead Zone (1983)
    The Terminator (1984)
    Evil Dead 2 (1987)
    The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
    28 Days Later (2002)
    Shaun of the Dead (2004)
    The Descent (2005)
    Inside (2007)
    Zombieland (2009)
    Paranormal Activity (2009)
    The House of the Devil (2009)
    The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2010)
    Black Swan (2010)
    Red State (2011)
    Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)
    The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
    The Innkeepers (2012)
    5w6 - 9w8 - 3w2

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    I don't see Poltergeist mentioned yet.

    Oh wait, there it is!

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    I am a huge horror fan so I watch these kinds of movies all year long.

    Ironically I watched Black Christmas (1974) last night, bc its effing creepy. "Agnes, this is Billlllyyyyy."

    I tend to like classics this time of year, like Halloween (derp), The Exorcist, Rosemary's Baby, and Night of the Demons (80s version, it was also called "Angela's Halloween Party").

    Um, I don't always watch the same ones every year. A few days ago I saw the remake of Carrie in the theater...Alice Sweet Alice is another good oldie, and last year I watched a Friday the 13th marathon.

    Really any of the old ones I like will do, though I can see House of the Devil maybe becoming a new classic because of its convincing late 70s early 80s vibe.

    Susperia is another good classic.

    For non horror, Bram Stokers Dracula and Sleepy Hollow are great.

    I watched Snow White a Tale of Terror on Christmas day a few years ago, so I may not be the best person to ask, my love of creepy knows no season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DiscoBiscuit View Post
    I think The Shining is one of the only properly scary (not jump scare bullshit or needless gore) movies ever made.

    Despite the crazy occurrences during the film, it's the plausibility of man's descent into madness that strikes me.
    I've had exactly the same thought about the Shining before.
    'One of (Lucas) Cranach's masterpieces, discussed by (Joseph) Koerner, is in it's self-referentiality the perfect expression of left-hemisphere emptiness and a precursor of post-modernism. There is no longer anything to point to beyond, nothing Other, so it points pointlessly to itself.' - Iain McGilChrist

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    "Suppose it didn't," said Pooh, after careful thought.
    Piglet was comforted by this.
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