The Shining’s Overlook Hotel
The Shining’s Overlook hotel remains one of the most disturbing locations in horror. Ryan looks over its history, and how it tells Kubrick’s story…
Cinema is full of set designs so beautiful, you almost wish you they were real. Fritz Lang had vast chunks of city built forMetropolis. Joseph Mankiewicz nearly brought 20th Century Fox to its knees, so huge and sumptuous were his sets for 1963’sCleopatra.
Thinking back over the course of movie history, how many films can you think of where the set itself is as big a star as the actors that emote within it? In Alien or Blade Runner, perhaps. The impossibly creepy motel and Victorian house of horrors in Psycho, maybe. The set in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, I’d argue, towers over all these.
In no other film has an interior felt so mundane and…
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As cool as they may be – you can keep your Gremlins, Silent Night, Deadly Night, Die Hard, Christmas Evil and Santa’s Slay. 1958’s stylish, witchcraft laden Bell, Book and Candle is the perfect yuletide holiday film (with a genre bent).
With a nice portion of the proceedings occurring on Christmas Eve and Christmas, this tale of Gillian, a beguiling witch who falls in love with a mortal, is not only full of romance in the traditional sense, but director Richard Quine, also, establishes a love affair with the audience and the idea of winter in the big city. He and art director Cary Odell create New York City streets full of moody lighting, soft streaks of snow and glorious cavalcades of historic apartment buildings. It’s dreamy.
As Gillian, the divine Kim Novak is, also, in her arched eye brow prime here. She and James Stewart…
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These are what I feel are the best in horror cinema released this year, 2014. Like last year I’m being lazy and only presenting this list in pictures.
10. Dead Snow 2: Red Vs. Dead
9. The Town that Dreaded Sundown
7. The Hunted
5. The Den
4. The Taking of Deborah Logan
2. Cheap Thrills
1. The Babadook
Honorable Mention (in order):Mockingbird, The Seasoning House, The Dead 2: India, Mr. Jones, In fear, The Returned, Deliver Us From Evil, Dracula Untold, Jinn, Late Phases
–Charles T. Cochran