The Shining (1980): A timeless classic that never gets old!

What is it about?

An adorable family moves into a desolate hotel during the winter. At first, everything is fine, but then some strange things start to happen and you know that somebody is going to die. You just know it.

Who should watch it?

  • Should I watch it with my kid(s)?

No, you should not. Unless you’re 75 years old and your kids are 45. Then it’s okay. Don’t watch it with your 9-year-old daughter or she will never sleep again. Consequently, neither will you. Unless you’re a douchebag who has no problem sleeping while his daughter is screaming in terror and squeezes her teddy bear until the teddy explodes which makes her scream even more so she gets another teddy bear and starts squeezing it really hard and… Well, you get the picture. There could be lots of dead teddy bears involved.

  • Is it good to watch on a date?

Only if you are both into horror movies and you both know what you are getting into. It’s not exactly a romantic movie.

  • For what age and gender is it intended?

It’s pretty much for everyone older than 16.

What can I expect from this movie?

  • Will I fall off the couch laughing and have sore abs the next day due to laughing too hard?

I don’t know. Does insane Jack Nicholson make you laugh? Does he?!

  • Will I get scared?

It’s pretty scary, but not in the modern blood-and-guts everywhere kind of way. It’s scary in a more subtle, delicate way, which true horror fans will know how to appreciate.

  • Is my brain going to implode trying to figure out the movie?

Unless you spent the whole movie checking Tinder, you should have no problem following this movie’s plot. (If you are on a date and are checking Tinder while your boyfriend/girlfriend is right next to you, then you sir and/or madam, suck. Also, if you are single and are checking Tinder instead of watching this classic, you also suck.)

  • Will I learn anything from this movie?

Yeah. Don’t go with Jack Nicholson to a desolated hotel during winter.

  • Is this movie a must-see?

You better believe it. If you haven’t seen this movie yet, your street cred is in danger of plummeting so low that even you winning a jackpot or scoring a date with a supermodel wouldn’t restore it.

Similar movies like “The Shining”?

If you are looking for a similar atmosphere, you might want to go with The Babadook, Rosemary’s Baby, The Visit(2015)Orphan, or The Others.

Judgment time!

One of the best horror movies out there with an unforgettable performance from Jack Nicholson and a masterful directing of Stanley Kubrick. Jack Nicholson’s face you see here is something that haunted me for weeks after I saw the movie.

This is a fantastic, timeless movie that refuses to get old. I recommend it to everyone who wants to enjoy a quality horror movie. I give it a 10/10.



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