May 29, 2020

#5 - “The Shining” (1980) with Laramy Wells

#5 - “The Shining” (1980) with Laramy Wells

In 1980, director Stanley Kubrick, released a film that would haunt and terrify audiences for years to come.  His own adaptation of a best-selling Steven King novel has split audiences and critics, some calling it an “overreaching, multi-leveled botch” while others hail it as a “masterpiece of modern horror.”  No matter where you stand, there is no escaping the tension and madness that fills nearly every frame of…”The Shining”. 

  • On this episode, Tim Williams and guest co-host Laramy Wells discuss their first times watching "The Shining", how much it differs from the book, and some of the behind the scenes stories and conspiracy theories. 
  • Here are some additional behind the scenes trivia we didn't get to talk about during the episode: 
  • To get Jack Nicholson in the right agitated mood, he was fed only cheese sandwiches for two weeks, which he hates. Stanley Kubrick originally wanted Slim Pickens to play the part of Hallorann, but Pickens wanted nothing to do with Kubrick, following his experiences working with him on Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb 
  • Jack Nicholson claimed that the scene where Jack snaps at Wendy for interrupting his writing was the most difficult for him, as he was a writer himself and had gotten into similar arguments with his girlfriend. Being a method actor, he drew on his memories of those arguments and added the line "Or if you come in here and you DON'T hear me typing, if I'm in here that means I'm working!" 
  • According to Vivian Kubrick in her "making of", Stanley Kubrick's secretary spent weeks, if not months, typing dozens of pages "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy" for the scene where Wendy discovers those pages that Jack has been typing. 
  • During an interview for Britain's The 100 Greatest Scary Moments (2003), Shelley Duvall revealed that due to her role requiring her to be in an almost constant state of hysteria, she eventually ran out of tears from crying so hard. To overcome this, she kept bottles of water with her at all times on-set to remain hydrated. 
  • The MPAA did not allow blood to be shown in any trailers that would be seen by all ages. Kubrick persuaded them that the blood was rusty water and got the trailer passed. 

Sources : Wikipedia, Imdb,, and Rotten Tomatoes 

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