Cast and Crew: Stanley Kubrick (Director/Screenplay); Stephen King (Novel); Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers, Barry Nelson, Joe Turkel
What It’s About: Writer Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) takes a job as the winter caretaker for the Overlook Hotel, hoping to finally get some work done on his writing. As his psychic son Danny (Danny Lloyd) notices first, the hotel’s long history of tragedy have not left their mark. Will the Torrances fall victim to the same forces that took the previous caretaker and his family?
Why Watch it Today?: Today is Imbloc, and ancient festival marking the midpoint of winter and the coming end of the darkest season of the year. Before we leave winter behind, why not watch today’s Movie, one of the best winter horror movies?
Where to Get It: Amazon, Android Market, iTunes, Vudu; YouTube (rental); Netflix (rental only) or your local library.
Other Choices: Today is also Groundhog Day.
[…] I also listened to “Timber” by John Galsworthy, which I found surprisingly low-key but very creepy. It is a tale of a man, his family stands of timber, and an unfortunate walk after he sells it for a wartime high price. I also listened to “The Squaw” by Bram Stoker. I’d heard this adapted as “Cat’s Cradle” on The Price of Fear, but the original has a brutal parody of Americans added to the grotesque events. Finally there was one of my old favorite Old Time Radio episodes, Murder at Midnight‘s “The House Where Death Lives”, which sort of prefigures The Shining. […]