Saturday, 22 January 2011

'SHINING' - SUSPENSE ANALYSIS


'The Shining' is a 1980 psychological horror film directed by Stanley Kubrick, co-written with novelist Diane Johnson, starring Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, and Danny Lloyd about a writer with a wife and young son who accepts the job of off-season caretaker at an isolated hotel. The son, who possesses psychic abilities, is able to see things in the future or past, such as the ghosts in the hotel. Soon after moving in, and after a paralyzing winter storm that leaves the family snowbound, the father becomes influenced by the supernatural presence in the haunted hotel; he descends into madness and attempts to kill his wife and son.

This is a clip from the film 'Shining' which I decided to analyse since it contains strong features of suspense. The instant shot of the camera following the boy on the bike, works extremely well as it creates a sense that something is following him. In addition, the fact that the camera is moving so fast, keeping up with him makes the audience feel tense, with their hearts racing.  The moment he gets off the bike, we our left clueless on what is about to happen as he twists the handle of a mysterious door in the hotel.. Followed by the sudden flash of two girls, who look rather creepy with their old fashion uniform, builds even more suspense as the boy is left in a state of vulnerability. 

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