I know this sounds oh, so 1980 but “The Shining” is freakin scary! This horror classic by Stanley Kubrick stars Jack Nicolson in an amazing performance as a struggling writer and recovering alcoholic who takes on the job as an off-season caretaker of an isolated, snowbound resort (the Overlook) with his wife and son. Slowly, the snowstorm, isolation and of course, the haunted hotel push Jack Nicolson’s character into madness and turns him into an ax-wielding maniac who tears after his wife and son. And I’m telling you, no one does madness better than Jack Nicolson.
“The Shining” isn’t your usual horror movie filled with gore, scary looking ghosts and what not. Kubrick is a director who tells his stories through imagery so there are long, lingering mood shots and beautiful cinematography. Kubrick isn’t out for screams but the movie is chilling, eerie and totally nerve-wrecking. Needless to say, I spent a good part of Sunday evening hiding behind a cushion.