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Must See: Filming Of ‘The Shining’ Re-Created In Stanley Kubrick POV Video
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The Shining Re-creation

Fans of director Stanley Kubrick‘s The Shining are sure to love this video. Those who haven’t already seen it, that is.

The video was made to promote a season of Kubrick movies that were to air on a UK TV station called More4, and it’s presented from Kubrick’s point of view as he makes his way through some of the various sets of The Shining, all re-created just for this promo, while the movie is being filmed. It’s one of the cooler promos I’ve ever seen, a one-shot walkthrough filled to the brim with familiar locations and props and characters from the film. Though brand new to me, you can image my shock to discover it’s actually from EIGHT years ago. Yikes. Either I was on one of my many incredible time traveling adventures, or the internet dropped the ball on this one. Hey, times were tough back then. It wasn’t easy to go viral unless you had a video of a kitten with sleepy eyes farting Schubert’s “Ave Maria.”

So if you’re like me and you’ve somehow never seen this little hidden gem, be sure to click on over to the other side to check it out.

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Producer James Vanderbilt Talks ‘The Shining’ Prequel ‘Overlook Hotel’
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A prequel to director Stanley Kubrick’s movie adaptation of the Stephen King novel The Shining, titled Overlook Hotel, is still on the way and is currently being developed at Warner Brothers. The movie is written by Glen Mazzara, former showrunner of AMC’s The Walking Dead, and it is set to be directed by Mark Romanek, who previously directed One Hour Photo, Never Let Me Go, and the pilot for the Locke & Key TV series that never came to be.

The Rundown, Zodiac, The Amazing Spider-Man,, and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 writer James Vanderbilt, who is a producer on the Shining prequel, spoke recently about it and had nothing but praise for Mazzara and Romanek and the way the movie is shaping up. See what he had to say below.

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IKEA Re-Creates Scene From ‘The Shining’ For Halloween Commercial (Video)
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IKEA is in the Halloween spirit, as can be seen in the furniture store’s latest commercial.

The commercial is a homage to the late Stanley Kubrick’s classic adaptation of Stephen King’s The Shining, recreating the famous scene in which Danny rides around the Overlook Hotel on his Big Wheel tricycle before coming face-to-face with those nightmare-inducing ghost twins.

You can watch the commercial below.

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Happy Birthday Stephen King! Encore Celebrates With September Marathon!
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Encore Presents The Stephen King Collection

Stephen King‘s birthday is September 21st, but it’s the fans who will receive gifts! Encore TV will show one Stephen King movie a night (sometimes one part a night) through September 30th, and on Mr. King’s actual birthday there will be an all-day marathon starting at 8AM.

Check out the full schedule here below.

It is not every Stephen King movie and there are some notable ones missing, but if every single one was my favorite, I would not leave the house in September at all! You do get to enjoy The Running Man with Arnold Schwarzenegger in the worst game show ever, and Secret Window with Johnny Depp as an author accused of plagiarism and then terrorized for it by an excellent John Turturro. Salem’s Lot scared the crap out of me as a kid. Why was I watching Salem’s Lot as a kid? Oh yeah — it was 1979.

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Blu-ray Review: Room 237
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Room 237 (2013) Blu-ray cover artRoom 237
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Directed by Rodney Ascher
Starring Bill Blakemoor, Geoffrey Cocks, and Juli Kearns
IFC Midnight/MPI Home Video
Release Date: September 24, 2013

Even though I tend not to believe most fan theories regarding hidden details and messages in certain classic films I have to appreciate the imagination and insight that goes into their creation. It’s amazing when your love of a movie inspires you to look at it again with a modestly skewed perspective to see what you may have missed before, and then to try and interpret what it all means. I may not buy into the theory that Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon functions as an alternate soundtrack to The Wizard of Oz, but for every five people who are told that same theory for the first time at least one of them will sneak away from the others to their nearest Barnes & Noble to grab the Moon CD and Oz DVD so they can test it out for themselves.

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Streaming Review: Room 237
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Room 237 posterRoom 237
Netflix | Amazon | Google Play | iTunes | SEN | Xbox | YouTube
DVD | Blu-ray
Directed by Rodney Ascher
Starring Bill Blakemore, Geoffrey Cocks, Juli Kearns, Stanley Kubrick, Stephen King, Jack Nicholson, Shelly Duvall
IFC Films
Originally Released: January 23, 2012

If you haven’t checked it out yet, my fellow G.O.D. standing for the horror fans, FamousMonster, put together an awesome 31 Days of Horror list to get you all ready for Halloween this year. While running through his list, I came across one film that grabbed my consideration immediately, for I had not seen it before: Room 237.

That’s because it’s a documentary, and not a horror flick. Not that I do not watch documentaries (I like a doco thing), but I’d just never seen it before. Room 237’s mission is simple – get in touch with as many Stanley Kubrick enthusiasts as possible and ask them to deliver their differed and in-depth interpretations of the filmmaker’s adaptation of Stephen King’s The Shining.

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Happy Meals For ‘The Exorcist,’ ‘The Shining,’ ‘Godzilla’ & Other Horror Films
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The Exorcist Happy Metal

Remember that adorable Exorcist Crochet Amigurumi Playset, complete with projectile-vomiting Regan MacNeil? Well, if you dug that, here’s something else along those lines: The Exorcist Happy Meal.

Pinterest user Newt Clements mocked up a series of horror-themed Happy Meals – the popular kid’s meal package from McDonald’s fast food eatery. The mock-ups come complete with the expected toy for each property: The Exorcist has the demon-possessed Regan bound to the bed; The Shining has an axe-wielding Jack Torrance; Godzilla has the famed kaiju; and Halloween has the masked killer Michael Myers brandishing his signature knife.

Other “Happy Meals” include those for Psycho, Kill Bill, Aliens, Resident Evil, and more (including some non-horror selections).

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Remembering Film Director Stanley Kubrick On What Would Have Been His 85th Birthday
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Stanley Kubrick

Stanley Kubrick, starkly original filmmaker, director of some of the all-time great, most loved and dissected and in a way polarizing cinema, would have been 85 today. Kubrick passed away back on March 7th, 1999.

The essence of Kubrick runs rampant through almost every film maker and film buff who followed his works. American born, but lived overseas in England for most of his life, Kubrick gave a classy sensibility to most of his films, films that were rich in texture, nature, narrative, cinematography, and acting, with a flair and keen sensibility for music placement, or set pieces that were dense and slim in look, almost with a frostbitten clinical approach, which became his calling card and instantly synonymous with the Kubrick name and the Kubrickian legend.

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Movie Review: Room 237: Being An Inquiry Into The Shining In 9 Parts
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Being An Inquiry Into The Shining In 9 Parts
Directed by Rodney Ascher
Release Date: March 29, 2013 (limited)
Available now On Demand

To reduce or repudiate any of Stanley Kubrick’s films would be indescribably mindless. To this day, each one harbors an enduring legacy, not only because of their content, but also for their impeccable craftsmanship. Some are lauded more than others. But the majority of his films have startling subtexts, as fictional as some may initially seem, that cause many avid cinephiles to ruminate for countless of hours, maybe even years.

For those of you who – and there must be many – mismanaged and minimized The Shining‘s potency, submit yourselves to Room 237: Being an Inquiry into The Shining in 9 Parts (or Room 237 for short). It seeks to unearth and unravel conspiracy theories and deeply concealed subtexts that Kubrick either deliberately or arbitrarily instilled in his horror epic The Shining. Kubrick’s version (premiered in 1980) is far removed from Stephen King’s bestselling novel, gutting the majority of the book’s themes in exchange for his own dark visions (Kubrick came up with the idea to have The Overlook Hotel be built on an Indian burial ground). That film opened up to mediocre reviews, not attracting the slightest scholarly knowledge, cult following, or accolades it would attain years later.

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Former ‘Walking Dead’ Showrunner Glen Mazzara To Write Prequel To ‘The Shining’
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We’ve heard about the sequel to Stephen King’s horror masterpiece The Shining, which is titled Doctor Sleep and follows young Danny Torrance as an adult using his abilities to help the terminally ill pass on painlessly, and that the book is set to hit store shelves on September 24, 2013.

But what you might not be aware of is that there’s also a prequel in the works, this one being of the cinematic variety. The prequel is titled The Overlook Hotel, and is of course set before director Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of King’s book. Nothing else is known about what story the prequel will tell.

What is known, however, is who will pen the screenplay. It’s being reported that Glen Mazzara, the man who replaced Frank Darabont as showrunner of AMC’s The Walking Dead (only to later be fired himself) will write the movie’s script.

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