It was inevitable that a Stanley Kubrick film would show up during the challenge, inevitable I say!
Day 22 – Your Favorite Horror Film
The Shining (1980, Stanley Kubrick)
It all begins with the score, that’s followed by the camera, together these create a wonderfully foreboding atmosphere. Horror doesn’t always need to be about the scare, or the jump out, or anything that people traditionally associate with horror. The Shining came near the end of a time period that I consider a small revolution within horror, when directors were attempting to tell horror tales in as many different ways as possible. The approach The Shining takes to telling a horror tale is to leave all the traditional horror elements behind. Instead Mr. Kubrick focuses on absurd moments and a sense of dread that never leaves the screen. There’s very little suspense to be found in The Shining, but there is plenty of atmosphere, because horror is many things and atmosphere is certainly one of them.