Scaretober-Movie Review: The Shining


For the month of October I’ve dubbed it Scaretober in which I will be blogging every day in October. No, it’s not just random blogs in October but specifically scary movies movies. I’m definitely not one of those girls that enjoys scary movies by any means in fact this is a HUGE challenge for me since I’m such a wimp when it comes down to it. Some of the movies reviewed will be super scary and others will just be 90’s cheesy scary compared to today’s standards. There will be a few days during this month that I will be putting up more than one posts, because sometimes you can’t hold any awesome back when it comes to the blog.

Today’s movie is The Shining.

When this movie finally made its debut onto Netflix a few months ago, I knew that I had to include it in Scaretober. I had never seen this movie before, I know it’s a shame, but I know now that why it is a classic.

This 1984 movie directed by Stanley Kubrick based on the Stephen King novel of the same name stars Jack Nicholson in the title role of Jack. At the beginning of the film you see Jack being interviewed to be caretaker of the Overlook hotel during the winter since the hotel is only open during the summer. The owner mentions to Jack what happened to a previous caretaker in the 1970s and Jack isn’t worried at all that, that would happen to him. While this is happening Jack wife, Wendy is taking care of their son Danny when Danny gets a premonition that Jack got the job at the Overlook hotel. After the premonition, Danny collapses and the doctor is called. While at the hospital, Danny tells the doctor about his imaginary friend Tony that tells him things. The Doctor tells Wendy that this could be something serious or a passing phase. Wendy and Danny make it to the Overlook hotel just a few days before it closes and get a tour, while on the tour Danny meets the head chef Hallorran who tells Danny he is telepathic too. Hallorran also tells Danny that he’s afraid of things in the hotel including room 237. Within a few days, it appears that Wendy is doing most of the taking care of the hotel while Jack writes his “novel”. Soon after that winter sets in and Jack begins to get testy with Wendy and also begins to hallucinate. Danny becomes more fascinated with Room 237 and things start to get weird.

I will keep to my promise and not spoil the entire movie for you. I thought this movie was very well done. It was actually one of the few that actually scared me to death. The whole ending was pretty terrifying and I didn’t quite understand it. In some ways the ending felt incomplete, perhaps I’ll have to actually read the book to find out more. I actually finished the movie and didn’t speed through it. I recommend that you watch this because if you are pretty wussy like me you will find this movie fairly terrifying and a bit strange. At least I watched it once!

I hope that you enjoyed this selection of the Scaretober series and that you will keep following along. Also feel free to leave suggestions on videos that you think I should watch. See you soon!


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