TSR Movie Madness: Group E QF1: The Usual Suspects V The ShiningWatch
Who will progress to the next round? You decide.
The Usual Suspects (1995)
Roger Kint is being interrogated. He tells the police why he happened, with four other criminals, to be on a ship that served as the stage for a massacre. What is the truth, and who is Keyzer Soze? The Usual Suspects is a film that demands your attention. It may only retain it's magic during initial viewings, but it's one hell of a ride the first time.
The Shining (1980) Stanley Kubrick's uncompromising horror is a pitch-perfect recreation of a man's descent into madness. Jack Torrance agrees to take his family and look after an isolated hotel during it's close season, as he sees this as a perfect way to cut off distractions and allow him to finish his novel. However he soon falls into the clutches of cabin fever, unable to identify supernatural hallucinations from his own reality, and the film builds to an incredibly tense climax. Always a showman, Kubrick's own promotional trailer for this film sold it as a light-hearted family comedy.
- Study Helper
The Shining - fabulous film-making. Worthy of much analysis (see Room 237) and rewatching. Great director. One of the scariest films ever - not for the ending, but for the building of tension with Danny going round the hotel. We know something horrible is going to happen, but when?
I struggle to get into Kubrick films but The Shining is one I definitely don't struggle to get into, nearly the perfect horror film.