All Work and No Play...
Halloween has many people talking about horror films. I have always been a defender of the quality of Kubrick's horror film The Shining
. As usual, Kubrick's compositions are brilliant. The film has numerous memorable scenes and lines. There are also underlying jabs at Manifest destiny and white guilt. It is one of the few films that still creeps me out. What makes it work for me is that the horror stems from a great personal fear of mine: loneliness. The isolation is illustrated wonderfully by the set. The Overlook hotel is beautiful and large. Its luxury begs to be inhabited and enjoyed by many, many people. The long hallways should have people busily moving through them, getting on with enjoying their lives. The large store rooms full of food lie waiting to be eaten, enjoyed, sustaining life. Instead all these places are empty, the world outside is cold and forms a prison wall. Your stay there is permanent, as Grady says, "You've always been the caretaker."
Then there is that guy in the furry suit going down on the guy in the tux. What the hell is up with that? Really. Someone tell me in comments.
At any rate, I would love to hear about what horror movies you guys liked and why.