The Shining as an Exceptional Horror Movie Essay

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The Shining as an Exceptional Horror Movie

Stanley Kubrick a.k.a. "The Master Filmmaker," was born on July 26, 1928 in the Bronx, New York City. By age 13 he had developed passions for jazz, drumming, chess and photography. In 1951 at 23 years of age, Kubrick used his savings to finance his first film, a 16-minute documentary short about boxer Walter Cartier.

On March 7th, 1999, Stanley Kubrick died in his sleep of a heart attack. He was 70 years old.

The Shining is a typical example of the horror genre because it works by arousing irrational fear. Stanley Kubrick uses step down imagery to make the terror in the horror, controlled and not too over whelming for the audience, to make it
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This scene gives the impression of man's vulnerability, when seen against the massive powers of nature - a sense of 'the other' is also created here by the aerial photography - a dark power looking down on the tiny 'beetle'.

Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) is attending a job interview for the position of a winter caretaker at The Overlook Hotel, located in the rockies of Colorado, built on an Indian burial ground. At the beginning of this film Jack conducts himself as a calm, charming man. He goes for the interview looking smart wearing a collar and a tie, shaven and looking very confident. During his interview the camera is films from behind Jack, making it seem as though someone or something is watching Jack - a sense of the 'other' and there are some frontal shots in which the background is peach, soft and warm. This presents a comforting, secure atmosphere.

As the movie builds up we begin to release that the Overlook Hotel is not just any other normal Hotel but haunted although the horror is kept hidden from us we just see parts of the supernatural, although as we discover through the movie that this is much more than a mere haunted house tale. One of the things that makes it so interesting is that it shows a wide variety of elements that lead to Jack's

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