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New from Devil's Advocates, The Shining
By James W, Monday 30th October 2017

It's one of Stanley Kubrick's most talked about movies and now its getting the Devil's Advocates treatment, The Shining is the latest in their line of essential titles.

Despite being met with critical bafflement on its release, and some hostility from author Stephen King, Stanley Kubrick's adaption of The Shining (1980) today stands as a landmark in horror cinema. Taking a fresh look at this most analysed of films, Laura Mee situates it within the history of the horror genre and explores how Kubrick's filmmaking style, his use of dark humour and ambiguous approach to supernatural storytelling complements generic conventions, and examines the choices made in adapting King's book for the screen-stripping out backstory, rejecting explicit explanations of the Overlook Hotel's hauntings and emphasising the strained relationships of the Torrance family.

The fractured family unit of Kubrick's film, alongside its allusions to issues of gender, race and class, connect it to themes prevalent in horror cinema by the end of the 1970s, and provide a critique of American society. The film's impact on horror cinema and broader pop culture is ever apparent, with homages in everything from Toy Story to American Horror Story. The Shining showed that popular, commercial horror could be smart, artistic and original, and continues to carve its deserved niche in horror history almost 40 years on.

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