Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining: scary movie, or scariest movie? I’ve watched it many times, and that shot of Jack in the maze at the end ALWAYS gets me. *shudder* But last night I watched something that creeped me out in an even more disturbing way, and actually gave me some trouble falling asleep!
A lot of folks have been linking to Rob Ager‘s very detailed analysis of films, including The Shining. I’ve read several, and watched a few of his video analyses, and they ARE fascinating. If you’re a film buff with a few hours to kill, his page will keep you interested and entertained for sure. But last night I was reading his long and detailed essay on The Shining, and this section in particular really got to me: “CHAPTER TWENTY: TWO LITTLE GIRLS, ABOUT EIGHT AND TEN.” Many of Rob’s essays feature revelations that have only been possible with the advent of HD video; some things are simply not noticeable or even visible in lower-quality (i.e., VHS) versions of these films. This chapter, in particular, explores something in one of the film’s most iconic scenes (the blood coming out of the elevator) that I’d never noticed before. And now that I’ve seen it, I wish I could un-see it, it just creeped me out that badly! This video analysis in particular is really disturbing (and it doesn’t help that Rob has edited it with purposely scary music cues).
People, I am warning you: if you don’t want to be utterly creeped out, do NOT click on the link to that video I just posted above. If it’s too late, and you’ve already clicked it, STOP WATCHING. Especially if you’re sitting alone in your home office in a dark house late at night after everyone else has gone to sleep.
For those of you who went ahead and watched it anyway: WTF!! WHAT WAS THAT!?! HOLD ME!!!!