The Good 

“Beautiful scenery”.

“Distinctive music”.

“Context set well”.

“Anticipation of vulnerability”.

“Sound cleverly applied”.

“Effective camera work”.

“Wide range of horror mechanisms used”.

“Thought-provoking ending”.

“Contrast used well”.

“Acting effective”.

The Bad 

“Lack of visual representation of Evil”.

“Plot quite steady at times”.

“Unclear source of evil”. 

“Lack of setting changes”.


The Shining is a 1980 Drama/Horror movie according to IMDb.


The start was in picturesque mountains, with the backdrop of the ambience as coalesced by a distinctive sounding moog synthesiser. 

Movie context was well set, with a picture painted of vulnerability. This was established through storytelling, encouraging visualisation. 

Expectations of suffering and fear were thereby established, with sounds assisting the painting of mystery. Possession and eerie tones were fundamental to this. 

Illness was connected to possession, with medical investigation for a possessed child. 

Positive attitudes were applied in contrast with negative moments, shrouded in darker music tones. 

Visual contrast was well used, with a wide range of applied camera shots. 

Violin chords were struck to increase tension, with sound volume frequently changed. 

Psychological emphasis kept the film intriguing, yet not too perplexing. 

The ending had a good twist, with several implications for earlier stages of the film. Many of the impactful effects were resulting from Jack Nicholson’s acting, who played emotions well throughout. 


Built tension well, yet purpose questionable. 

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