We’re firmly in that time of year when the air is colder, the nights are longer, and the books in our to-read pile are getting scarier. In 1978, then, he should about 21 years old. Help please?" Let the Right One In has all the trappings of a grade-A horror story—bloodlust, mystery, plot twists, etc.—set against a backdrop of real-world issues, from bullying to alcoholism.

Around the time he was making the film, Kubrick said, “There is a wonderful suggestive timeliness [that the structure] of making a movie imposes on your life. I think The Shining uses a similar kind of psychological misdirection to forestall the realization that the supernatural events are actually happening.”. This is the case for many of the windows in the film—they don’t work in context. He's just written a bunch of nonsense and been mean to his wife, which is probably just how he spends his average Tuesday. Lloyd did, however, have a brief cameo as a spectator in Doctor Sleep, Mike Flanagan's 2019 sequel to The Shining.

One of the more unnerving moments in Halloween is so brief that you could easily miss it: As Laurie is being chased by Myers later in the movie, she runs to a neighboring house and screams for help. It became a running joke in the Halloween franchise that Myers is impossible to kill. Despite everything I've just said, Danny isn't 100-percent sold on his revenge plan at first.

It's a classic that never gets old. Cracking open a horror book in your comfiest chair is one of the best ways to embrace the Halloween season, and at Mental Floss, we’ve got plenty of suggestions for your next title. Stanley Kubrick's The Shining is widely considered to be among the best big-screen adaptations of a Stephen King story—and with good reason. But it was a different episode, about poker players getting into a fight, that inspired parts of The Shining.

Instead of this being a pointless, weird lie (why not just say there was an emergency? They're all losers compared to some of the actual badasses from history whom you know nothing about. —Elaine Selna, Commerce Writer, Before the Japanese horror movie and the American remake, Ring was a bestselling novel. Halloran is now compelled to return to the Overlook, to his doom. Well, brace yourselves, because I'm about to spring yet another fan theory on you: The "evil presence" in the Overlook Hotel was in fact young Danny Torrance. And the ghosts that were stuck there are the ones in their previous lives that drove them mad. Why? The masks help make Myers seem human-like, yet somehow beyond human thought and reason. Parents Vic and Donna are having marriage issues, and their son Tad can't sleep due to the terrors coming from his closet. Danny's frozen staring straight ahead in this scene. What's your favorite movie with Michelle Pfeiffer? This is the only part of the movie that proves it can't all be in Jack's head, and it ostensibly shows that the Overlook's spirits are real. According to the set still photographer, “It was a huge fire in there one night, massive fire, we never really discovered what caused that fire and it burned down two soundstages and threatened a third at Elstree Studios. He played Major T. J. This is an important line from the movie: "It's just like pictures in a book, Danny. They spend lots of time together and have fun, playful interactions. (*** flaw: this theory goes against the story line in the book). It seems hard to fathom now, but Halloween was Jamie Lee Curtis’s feature film debut. In the photograph in Back to the Future, why does Marty's sister's shirt sometimes read 'Class of 85' and other times 'Class of 91'. It might seem like filler dialogue, but it speaks to how Myers is constantly driven back—including in later movies—into the lives of the people in Haddonfield. If his powers equal or surpass Danny's, then he might be able to figure out what really happened to Jack, or even prevent it. Halloween sends chills down your spine with nothing more than a few piano notes and long shots of the masked Michael Myers looming in the background, stalking his victims. The film version is lost, but pages from the screenplay do exist. The film ends with text over black, “The Overlook Hotel would survive this tragedy, as it had so many others. “We kept trying for several years ... until I was in high school and I stopped at about 14 with almost no success," he told the New York Daily News. The role then went to Scatman Crothers. Which year that didn't make sense because it didn't really have anything to with the guy a few years prior that killed his wife and kids, but when he's in the bathroom talking to the guy and said you killed your wife and kids but it was that 1920's setting, I guess it's because he was reincarnated too. It could be a coincidence, but somehow we think not. If there are ghosts then that means we survive death.” When King responded with the question of how hell fit into that picture, Kubrick simply responded, “I don’t believe in hell.”, The executive producer of The Shining was Kubrick’s brother-in-law, Jan Harlan. - Page 5. The director hasn't given us a clear cut explanation of that ending. As Halloween didn’t have a lot of money to go around, its art director Tommy Lee Wallace bought a cheap mask at a costume store, which happened to be of William Shatner’s Captain Kirk from Star Trek. Pickens chose to not work with Kubrick again, as he did not like the strenuous Dr. Strangelove shoots. But Loomis does something un-doctorly in the process: He parks in a handicapped spot, despite not having any noticeable handicap.

According to Hughes, the film would have had to earn $30 million to be profitable.

... Jack goes in the basement and blows up the hotel, and I don't think there is any reincarnation, just the crazy ghosts that try to mess with him. The Rabbit in Red Lounge nightclub makes an appearance in Rob Zombie’s 2007 reboot of Halloween, as the place where Myers’s mother works as a dancer. The scene actually made it into The Guinness Book of Records because it took 127 takes, the most for a scene with spoken dialogue. If the "ghosts" were that concerned with making sure Jack annihilated his entire family, a little help with that door certainly would have been in order. At the same time, Halloran wakes in his bed, looking terrified ... ... while we also see Danny staring straight ahead blankly and foaming at the mouth ... ... no doubt a result of the mental effort needed to create Jack's hallucination while simultaneously contacting Halloran in Florida. Tony reassures him that they're "only pictures.". Rob Ager, an observant fan of The Shining, noticed that there are many aspects to the set of The Overlook Hotel that make no sense. (*** there are some flaws to this theory though, such as why does Charles Grady have two names Charles Grady and Delbert Grady?). In fact, Wendy manages to actually physically overpower Jack with the aforementioned bat and knock him unconscious -- a feat so unbelievable that the only explanation is supernatural forces. Copyright ©2005-2020.

Very early on in the movie, Danny sees two creepy girls a couple of times ... ... the second time scaring him so badly that he asks Tony what's going on. YouTube Could his technique possibly be more inefficient? Join Yahoo Answers and get 100 points today. Think about it. Halloween has two movie-within-a-movie moments: The teens and the kids they’re babysitting are seen watching The Thing from Another World (1951) and Forbidden Planet (1956), both of which undoubtedly influenced Carpenter. The only other hallucinations Jack interacts with are people he's seen before -- Lloyd, the bartender he "always liked," and Delbert Grady, whose picture Jack saw in the paper. A garbage truck’s license plate reads “RM237.” And Trixie chats online with a dinosaur toy down the street who happens to have the screen name “Velocistar237.”. That's right, Jack's not-so-innocent son orchestrated the entire plot of the film, spurred on by one of the oldest motivators in murder history: revenge. “I just personally don’t find it scary because I saw it behind the scenes," Lloyd later said. The next scene (the "REDRUM" scene) shows Wendy sleeping deeply, so he could have easily snuck down while she was unaware. Was Jack supposed to be a Ghost the whole time or something???? Copyright © 2005-2020. The thing about that theme song: John Carpenter, who scored the movie himself as he did with many of his movies, clearly understood its power. You become a part of the hotel when you die there, whether that be the caretaker, a butler, a bartender etc. In this book, Orsk, a Swedish furniture store in Cleveland, Ohio, is the scene of some very paranormal activity, which spurs a handful of employees to brave an overnight shift to find out the origins of these malevolent spirits.

To create the elaborate, wintery maze, it took a lot of salt and crushed Styrofoam.