Mise en scene: Secret Lairs
The shining was made in 1980 and directed by Stanley Kubrick, it is an adaptation of anovel of the same name. The film is a psychological horror film which follows the storyof a small family who move to a hotel where strange and mysterious events happen.Fig. 2 Fig. 3In terms of production, the shining contrasts against the typically use of space and set design that horror/thriller films would use.
“Instead of the cramped darkness and
panicky quick editing of the standard-issue scary movie, Kubrick gives us the eerie,colossal, brilliantly lit spaces of the Overlook Hotel, shot with amplitude and
(Bradshaw, 2012) The hotel has large and empty rooms, giving the audience the senseof curiosity and suspense. The large scale of the rooms makes the characters and theviewer almost consumed by it, which gets you sucked into the psychological tragediesthat happen.
In Fig 3, you see the use of patterned carpets, an element of which seems peculiar and it suggests that it has significance. As Kenber suggests, the strange setting has relevance tothe film. "This hotel this movie takes place in looks and feels so immense, and it is amajor character in this movie" (Kenber, 2007) the bright colours of the doors and thebright intense lighting all seems a bit too surreal and unordinary which makes theaudience intimidated and cautious to what this bizarre hotel has hidden behind itsdoors.