Kubricks hell hotel is one of the great nightmarescapes in horrorthe Overlook, where plenty of history and things and people in disgusting bear suits are themselves overlooked, until of course it becomes too late. As a novelist, Stephen Kingon whose book the film was basednever quite drops into the sort of unprocessable insanity Kubrick deploys here in snapshot moments: the blood flood from the elevator; the evil twins with their evil eyes; the friendly bear-suit buddies. Its what writer and world-famous chronicler-of-the-forbidden Charles Fort called high strangenessthe horror not of the unknown but of the unknowableand its part of why history and initial critic King both have come to accept the film as a classic.
Wed., Oct. 21, 8 p.m., 2009
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