Xtreme Halloween: QuickHits

Scary classics reviewed by Teen Board members

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'The Shining'

Released: 1980

Rated: R

My thoughts: Stanley Kubrick's film, The Shining, explores the effects of isolation on the human psyche, as well as providing a decent scare factor. Jack Nicholson stars as Jack Torrance, a recovering alcoholic who takes a job as the winter caretaker of the historic Overlook Hotel.

Located in the Colorado Rockies, the isolated Overlook (which happens to be built on an Indian burial ground) is inaccessible in the winter to snowstorms. Therefore, Torrance must live there with his family for the duration of the season. Torrance sees this isolation as the perfect opportunity to work on his floundering writing career.

However, the hotel has a murderous past, and as the Overlook's resident spirits attempt to make contact with Torrance's wife and son, he is pushed closer and closer to the edge of insanity. Much of the movie's fear factor lies in its imagery: stunning aerial shots of the beautiful hotel exterior contrast with grotesque images of the ghosts. The ambiguity of the ghosts is equally terrifying -- re they real or just figments of the characters' imaginations?

The film is artistic in its subtlety, as it creates fear inside the mind, rather than a gory external fear. While you may not scream at the tv, you will most likely have trouble falling asleep at night.

Rating: 8 of 10 Skeletons

--John Quinn, Teen Board Member

‘It’

Released: 1990

Rated: Aired originally on TV, Netflix gives it a common sense rating for 13 and older.

My thoughts: A classic Halloween movie by Stephen King that had me deathly afraid at the age of 4 when I got a glimpse of it for the first time. It is about a group of people who find a life form that can become its victim’s worst fear. These people soon find the need to kill It, which usually takes the form of a clown to lure and kill children.

It was originally aired as a two part TV series but is on DVD everywhere. I enjoyed this movie and think you will too. If you like classic horror this is your movie.

Scare Factor: 6 of 10 skeletons

--Imani Jenkins, Teen Board Member


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