Shawn's Top 30 Films - #18: The Shining

I watched The Shining for the first time at a sleepover when I was about 11 years old. When it got to the part where the old lady emerges from the bathtub and refuses to stop cackling, I wanted to go home and I believe even made an effort to do so. That moment remains one of my most feared sequences in film, and The Shining is full of shit like that.

I can see why some would find this movie slow but I find the atmosphere and deliberate pace to be one of the movie’s biggest strengths. The whole thing is just so god damn eerie and full of incredibly unsettling scenes and moments. It really gets in there and just completely messes with you on just about every level.

So yeah…it’s good.