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Connor Macgregor Reviews...The Shining

Many Critics and Fans call this One Of the Scariest And Greatest Horror Films ever made...me i`m not so sure.

A novelist - Jack Torrance take a job interview as winter caretaker of the isolated, old, huge and beautiful Overlook Hotel. In the interview, Jack is told by the manager himself, that the previous caretaker - Grady, chopped his family and later killed himself with a shotgun. Ignoring the story, Jack brings his wife - Wendy and his son Danny. It happens that Danny, has a mysterious power known as "The Shining" that shows him things from the past and future. Some of the visions come from Tony - "the little boy who lives in Danny's mouth". Danny meets Hallorann - the hotel cook in their first day arriving at the Overlook, who also has this "Shining" and he warns him about the hotel and the sinister Room 237. As the days go by, Danny has visions of previous guests and employees who died at the hotel years before, meanwhile Jack starts driving into insanity, turning more and more aggressive, at the point that Danny and Wendy gets convinced that Jack might try to do the same thing, Grady did.

Now this film is creepy. Its a pyschological horror more than a bloody gory horror you get usually. Its so clever and Kubrick & King both create this very uneary and creepy hotel in which you have no idea what is going to happen. The key thing about this film is that these 3 characters (Jack,Wendy & The Kid) are isolated from society. Its Winter and they have barely any contact from the outside world.

Jack Nicholson is just on fire in this film. Not only is this the best performance of his career , but probably one of the greatest performances of all time. You buy into his insanity and rage as the hotel attempt to swallow him dry. Of course i have to mention Shelley Duvall and Scatman Crothers as Wendy & The Janitor. Both great performances on par with Jack Nicholson.

The ending was quite an interesting thought. Jack in the 1929 picture. Was he a ghost ? I doubt it because we saw him with his family prior to the whole incidents beginning (What i mean is that we saw his home before coming to take care of the hotel). My theory is that the hotel swallowed him inside the hotel. He got more insane was the ghosts taking away his soul and sanity and abosrbing it into the hotel. It may be complicated but when he died , the hotel consumed in. You may have your own theory but its what i think.

So overall a great horror flic. Is it the best of all time ? I don`t think so because i have seen scarier. But never the less check out the film because its worth the watch.

Rating - 86% - A-