comparing the death count to the running time of the film,
“It is full of eerie images that keep
theviewer on edge (despite a kind of long run time for a horror movie of two hours and twentyminutes). It is pretty amazing considering the low body count. That is because this movie is just
out to scare by prey on primal fears.” (Roscoe, 2011)
Camera technique plays a vital importance inproviding the narrative with a disconnected atmosphere, and spookiness inside the hotel.
makes it absurd, and scary, and unfathomable, just as he strips much of the psychologicalrationalization from Jack. Kubrick keeps Jack's pathology at a distance, not only shootingeverything in alienating long shots, but refusing to show the process by which Jack transforms
from a slightly troubled family man into a raging lunatic” (Howard 2010)
Kubrick uses multipleshots, to generate horror within the film; close ups of Jack
s facial expressions allow the viewer toconnect to his emotions. Jack
s facial expressions throughout the film seem to evoke his dualpersonality which plays a vital role in displaying Jack
s change in psychological breakdown to theviewer.The set also plays a vital importance to the roles of the character and successfully employingconventions of horror throughout the film. Large disproportionate corridors and hallways give theviewer a sense of isolation between the family and life giving their characters an aura of vulnerability.
“The marriage between Jack (Jack Nicholson) and Wendy (Shelley Duvall) is a listless
one, and it is revealed obliquely: through the raggedness and dowdiness of Wendy's wardrobe,through Jack's constant irritation at her, through the immaculate cleanliness of the Overlook'sbathrooms and kitchen, through the eerie way they turn this enormous building into something
cramped and claustrophobic.” (Maslin 1980)
The characters are crushed by the scale of theenvironment which
mental deterioration. Perhaps one of the most iconic sets;the golden room, uses its large scale and scenery to hint at Jack
s troubled history involvingalcoholism. The dated furniture help portray the realistic cast as aspects of Jack
s hallucination. Theepic scale of the room is yet again used to press onto the characters reinforcing the impression thatthe cast have been swallowed up by the gigantic structure of the building and yet again, suffocatedby the notion of isolation.
Fig.2 The Shining Corridor