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Still of Jack Nicholson and Joe Turkel in the 1980 classic horror film, The Shining
Still of Jack Nicholson and Joe Turkel in the 1980 classic horror film, The Shining
© 1980 - Warner Bros. Entertainment

So it seems that Hollywood is continuing one of the more favorite tricks that has recently plagued the news outlets, sequels. Now many will say that this isn’t something new but now a day it is not just a sequel that studios are trying to create off of famous and successful solo-films. The major plan nowadays seems to circle the idea of creating a series from an OLDER popular film, something that many seem as blasphemy. Would a few strokes be added to the Mona Lisa? Or would Gogh suddenly decide to create The Starry Night: Part II? The newest addition to cinema comes from Warner Bros. who wishes to create a sequel to the ever popular and long praised horror film, “The Shining.”
“The Overlook Hotel” is based on the original prologue that Stephen King wrote for the original book, which as we all know was the source material to the film. Now though it is nice to see King’s original thoughts being brought back to life it still begs the question whether or not the film should still be made. Sure the source material may indeed come from the very same dark and twisted source (meaning the story, not the writer) this does not mean that there can be a comparison between directorial vision. The legendary Stanley Kubrick directed “The Shining”, which is why the film has been able to stay on the top of most critics’ lists throughout history. Most horror-heads over the years will still mention this film as one of the most visually stunning films to hit the big screen and inject nightmares. Could the original source material be enough to bring the film along and make it successful? Doubts start to come up (obviously).
What Kubrick did that was so amazing was the precise manner in which he was able to position his camera and create each shot as if it was painted before the audiences very eyes. Colors always were an important piece to the Kubrick puzzle, which would help lead the audience to what could be their horror or pleasure. The subtleness alone of the violence seemed so slight that by today’s standards, the blood loss would seem incredibly light. But “The Shining” didn’t need intense bloodshed. Kubrick creates the film off of sheer feeling and tension. The tone of each room of the Overlook Hotel was enough to allow goose bumps to crawl up your skin till you would have to shut your eyes.
Though King did write a sequel to his story and already there are talks to create an actual sequel to the classic picture. What is sacred in this time of sequels and rehashes? How many pictures really do need a sequel, some other voice telling just a little bit more to an already wonderful plot. Will there ever be one story that doesn’t need more to it? Sometimes that is the best kind of story, one that leaves the audience asking for more questions than receiving answers.