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Cool Video Essay: The Invisible Horror of The Shining

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Kristian T. Williams Kaptain Kristian takes a look at the eldritch horrors hidden in the halls of The Overlook Hotel.

He focuses on the use or lack of music in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. Music editor Gordon Stainforth implemented the vintage technique of “Mickey Mousing” in order to truly enunciate the actions of each character.

Kubrick together with a man named Gordon Stainforth chose to use this outdated musical synchronization technique to elicit a sense of horror instead of humor. So rather than using it to solely underline an action like those early cartoons, it’s instead used to illustrate the growing invisible corruptive influence of the Overlook Hotel.

It is a fantastic video and I love how I keep learning new things about the film.

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