Monday, October 31, 2011

The Shining

Ok here is my top pick to be scared to death on Halloween.  The Shining.  Have you seen it?  I've seen it a million times and it still gives me the creeps.  "Redrum, redrum."  Here's some fun trivia for you:

--During the making of the movie, Stanley Kubrick would occasionally call Stephen King at 3:00 a.m. and ask him questions like "Do you believe in God?" 

--The Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood in Oregon was used for the front exterior, but all the interiors as well as the back of the hotel were specially built at Elstree Studios in London, England. The management of the Timberline requested that Stanley Kubrick not use 217 for a room number (as specified in the book), fearing that nobody would want to stay in that room ever again. Kubrick changed the script to use the nonexistent room number 237. 

--Stanley Kubrick decided that having the hedge animals come alive (as they do in the book) was unworkable due to restrictions in special effects, so he opted for a hedge maze instead. 

--The scrapbook that Jack finds in the novel makes a brief appearance next to his typewriter in the scene when Jack tells Wendy never to bother him while he's working. 

--Every time Jack talks to a "ghost", there's a mirror in the scene, except in the food locker scene. This is because in the food locker scene he only talks to Grady through the door. We never see Grady in this scene.

--There was no air conditioning on the sets, meaning it would often become very hot. The hedge maze set was stifling; actors and crew would often strip off as much of the heavy clothing they were wearing as quickly as they could once a shot was finished. 

--The scene towards the end of the film, where Wendy is running up the stairway carrying a knife, was shot 35 times; the equivalent of running up the Empire State Building.

All trivia by IMBD, all photos by Pinterest


Liesl said...

Great images to post from "The Shining"...I first saw it at my birthday sleepover when I was in middle school I fun! I love scary movies and have been to the hotel where it was filmed in Denver, but when I was very little so I must go back! Hope you are having a Happy Halloween!

Liesl :)

Michelle said...

Oh my gosh....this movie has always and will always freak me out. But I always watch it when it is on TV....the trivia is awesome!!!!!

Happy Halloween!!!

Jenn said...

Oh man I love this movie...the book is so so much scarier though.

Val said...

I remember when I was little and watched this it scared me so much that I never watched it again!! Good stuff.

Vicki said...

This is one of my favorite books & movies ... loveeeee it! The movie still gives me the creeps to this day!