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The Shining

Laura Mee


Taking a fresh look at The Shining (1980), this book situates the film within the history of the horror genre and examines its rightful status as one of the greatest horror movies ever made. It explores how Stanley Kubrick's filmmaking style, use of dark humour, and ambiguous approach to supernatural storytelling complements generic conventions, and it analyses the effective choices made in adapting King's book for the screen—stripping the novel's backstory, rejecting its clear explanations of the Overlook Hotel's hauntings, and emphasizing the strained relationships of the Torrance family. Th ... More

Keywords: horror film, horror movie, Stanley Kubrick, dark humour, supernatural storytelling, horror cinema, commercial horror film

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781911325444
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781911325444.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Laura Mee, author
University of Hertfordshire

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