For two days, later this month right in time for Halloween, movie fans will be able to gleefully yell, “HERE’S JOHNNY!” I am horror movie super fan, so it is with great love and respect for the genre that I call The Shining one of the scariest films of all time. Acclaimed Oscar-nominated director Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of Stephen King’s novel The Shining will return to theaters for two days only.
Thanks to Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies’ Big Screen Classic series, the film will play in over 650 theaters nationwide on Sunday, October 23rd, and Wednesday October 26th at 2:00pm and 7:00pm (local time) each day. Each showing will include exclusive commentary with TCM host Ben Mankiewicz. You can check out the participating theaters here.
The Shining (adapted from the Stephen King novel) came out in 1980 and tells the story of the Torrance family. Father Jack (Jack Nicholson) is a struggling author and so he accepts a job to be winter caretaker for the Overlook Hotel, a massive estate in the Colorado mountains. His wife Wendy (Shelley Duvall) and young son Danny (Danny Lloyd) are along for the ride. What they don’t know is that the hotel has a bloody and disturbing past.
Kubrick takes the audience on a slow descent into total madness. It is the rare film where everything is scary. Sure there are the real horrors like the ghost twins, Room 237, and elevators that open to blood tsunamis. But Kubrick is a master of cinema and uses disorienting camera shots, and the immense yet somehow claustrophobic hotel to his advantage. I think of The Shining every time I walk through a hotel hallway. And as a kid named “Danny,” nothing was worse than the twin sisters’ invitation, “Come play with us, Danny, forever and ever and ever.”
This Halloween season means horror movies in theaters and on TV, and there is no cooler way to feel the Halloween vibe than by seeing Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining in theaters, brought to you by Fathom Events and TCM.
Come Play With Us – The Shining (2/7) Movie CLIP (1980) HD