Since we are less than a week out from Halloween, let’s take a minute and talk about one of my personal favorite horror films. It has become such a favorite of mine that I generally watch it on Halloween day as a matter of tradition. This testament to the macabre is The Shining (1980) by legendary director Stanley Kubrick.
What by today’s horror standards would be considered a “slow burn”, The Shining details a descent into madness that is unrivaled in film. From that long opening establishing shot of the drive to the Overlook Hotel to the frantic race through the hedge maze in the blinding snow, to the very last reveal, Kubrick constructs a visual master’s class on direction.