The Shining is a special kind of horror movie— one that isn’t just frightening because of its plot or characters, but because of the primal and persistent sense of ‘wrongness’ burned into every frame. Consider that unsettling fur-suited guest caught in flagrante, of course, but think also of those wonderful online obsessives who tried to architecturally map out the way the movie’s Overlook Hotel’s rooms and halls cinematically fit together and found out... there’s no possible way they fit together. Like everything else: it just should not be. The version showing here is listed at 146 min long, which might make it the historically elusive US premiere cut, which includes the footage quickly axed later in an attempt to boost unimpressive opening box office tallies. That could mean you’ll see the two extra minutes of the finale—two fundamentally disturbing minutes, of course.
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