At our house, we love Halloween. I mean love, love, love it, it’s
kind of like our Christmas – we dress up, we decorate, our house glows
orange and we watch a ton of scary movies during the month of October.
There’s one particular movie that’s on my list of the all-time best,
scariest, edge-of-my-seat, sweat, jump and squeal no matter how many
times I watch it movies.
It’s Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 masterpiece The Shining.
I mean come on…how great is Jack Nicholson in this movie? How creepy and
demented is he? Watching his transformation into madness throughout the
film is pretty brilliant.
Jack plays Jack Torrance, a writer who schleps his poor family – his wife,
Wendy, also brilliantly played by Shelley Duvall, and his young son
Danny (oh jeez, poor, poor Danny) to be caretakers for the winter at an
isolated hotel. Jack is a writer and thinks he could get some peace and
quiet up there in isolation-ville and get some work done on his book
he’s writing. I guess he also thinks this might be “fun” for his wife
We learn that his son Danny has a form of ESP. We also learn that this
particular hotel is the worst possible place to be a kid with
the gift of ESP. You especially do not want to be a kid with ESP in room
237 of this hotel.
Memorable horrific fear inducing scenes from the film include a race
through a hedge maze in the freezing snow (creepy) elevators full of
blood (super creepy) terrifying twin girls (double creepy) and the word
“REDRUM” or “murder” spelled backwards, being repeated over and over by
a small child in a weird, frog-like voice (creep factor overload.)
But the best/worst scene to watch is when Jack chops through the bathroom
door with a fire axe to get to Wendy. She screams in panic and horror
with each chop as Jack leers through the hole he has made, shouting the
famous "Heeere's Johnny!” line.
You can now recreate one of the most famous scenes from horror movie
Here’s what you’ll need:
- A piece of plywood with a hold cut out for your head to pop through (make sure
it’s jaggedly cut so you have that freshly-axed-by-a-psychopath feel)
- A dark
red/maroon button down shirt
- An axe
- A manic look on your face
A fun, original twist on a super twisted character – be prepared to give
that signature “Heeere’s Johnny!” line over and over throughout your
Remember, all work and no play can make you a dull boy - have a great
Lori Ferraro is the author of
the website Drawn to
the 80s where the greatest hits of the 1980’s are illustrated by her
five-year-old son. Her blog
www.onceuponaproduct.com is where you can read about her obsessions
with make up, food, Mick Jagger, big hair, boys and yes...the 80's.