The film takes its audience on a journey of pure horror. The unpredictable uncanny scenes are even more disturbing with the crushing, mind numbing beat of the soundtrack. Both sound and the visual are beautifully entwined for maximum impact. The film has many references to Freud's ideas of the uncanny, to name a few the twins - the concept of 'the double', the fact that this one family is in a large, empty space - isolation and the significance of repetitive numbers and the evil behind it. These elements all add to the constant and powerful feel of unease. Richard Schickel states, "His [Kubrick] adaptation of The Shining, Stephen King's pulpy haunted-house novel, keeps forcing reasonable — or non-occult — interpretations on the behavior, variously bonkers and bloody, that his camera records with its customary elegance." (Schickel 1980) Schickel praises the cinematography and suggests this is one of the more successful elements of the film. There is something about the way the film is captured that immediately sits awkwardly with its audience.
List of illustrations
Figure 1. Kubrick, Stanley (1980) The Shining Movie Poster. At: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Shining-kubrik.jpg (Accessed on:13/1/12)
Figure 2. Kubrick, Stanely (1980) Uncanny Twins. At: http://www.allstarpics.net/pictures/0657524/the-shining-pics.html (Accessed on:13/1/12)
Figure 3. Kubrick, Stanely (1980) Jack's Decent. At: http://www.museumofcinema.com/2010/09/03/the-shining-1980/ (Accessed on:13/1/12)
Richard Schickel (1980) The Shinning. At: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,924179,00.html (Accessed on:13/1/12)
Empire Magazine Ian Nathan (2007) Empire Essay: The Shining. At: http://www.empireonline.com/reviews/reviewcomplete.asp?FID=132700 (Accessed on:13/1/12)
Roger Ebert (2006) The Shining (1980). At: http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060618/REVIEWS08/606180302 (Accessed on:13/1/12)