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Paul Jensen

THE SHINING (1980) 5 stars

The most cinematic and artistically genius horror film ever made. Forget the ghosts, Kubrick has made a movie about domestic violence within a dysfunctional family. Brilliant performances and soundtrack. In the late 70s, America's divorce rate was at an all-time high. Kubrick taps into our cultural anxiety brilliantly. It's insane just how original The Shining is. Kubrick's pacing and use of space is what sets this masterpiece apart from most horror films. The over-the-top performances totally get under your skin. Nicholson and Duvall are perfectly cast. I saw this movie when I was eight and it scarred me for life.


Genre: Horror
Director: Stanley Kubrick