First Jason is the heavy metal band, led by frontman Ari Lehman, the first actor to ever play Jason Voorhees. The band released the parody music video “Kill For Mother,” featured on their newly released album, Lord of the Lake.
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Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining turns 40. The film is widely considered one of the best Stephen King adaptations to ever grace the big screen. Horror fans from all across the world love this film, and for good reason, too. It delivers the foreboding, atmosphere, and frights that we loved in Stephen King’s novel. Stanley Kubrick took Stephen King’s novel and created his own work of genius. It’s no secret that Stephen King hates Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of The Shining. Throughout the years, there has been talk of conspiracy theories surrounding The Shining. I have compiled a list of ten things you may not know about Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining.
1. Stanley Kubrick Didn’t Even Read The Screenplay Stephen King Wrote
According to Stanley Kubrick biographer, David Hughes, Stephen King wrote an entire screenplay draft for The Shining. Kubrick didn’t even bother looking at, which makes sense as he once dubbed King’s writing weak. Kubrick chose to work alongside Diane Johnson on the screenplay because he was a fan of here book, The Shadow Knows. The pair worked on the script for eleven weeks. Stephen King’s hatred for Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining may have started with the screenplay.
2. Stanley Kubrick Still Had Questions For Stephen King
Stephen King used to tell this story at some of his book readings. According to King, Stanley Kubrick called him at seven in the morning to ask a question about death. Kubrick asked, “I think stories of the supernatural are fundamentally optimistic, don’t you? If there are ghosts then that means we survive death.” King asked him about hell, how did that fit in? There was a long pause, then: “I don’t believe in hell.” It seems the two were still on talking terms during the filming of The Shining.
3. Stephen King Was “Disappointed” In Stanley Kubrick’s Adaptation
Stephen King went public with his disdain for Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation during an interview with Playboy in 1983. King said, “I’d admired Kubrick for a long time and had great expectations for the project, but I was deeply disappointed in the end result. Parts of the film are chilling, charged with a relentlessly claustrophobic terror, but others fell flat.”
He didn’t think Jack Nicholson was a good fit to play the role of Jack Torrence. Stephen King said, “Jack Nicholson, though a fine actor, was all wrong for the part. His last big role had been in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and between that and the manic grin, the audience automatically identified him as a loony from the first scene. But the book is about Jack Torrance’s gradual descent into madness through the malign influence of the Overlook—if the guy is nuts to begin with, then the entire tragedy of his downfall is wasted.”
4. Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining Had An Original, Different Ending
Film endings usually get changed in post-production, but Stanley Kubrick changed the ending of the film after it’s opening weekend. The film version is lost, but pages from the original screenplay still exist. The scene takes place after Jack dies in the snow. Ullman visits Wendy in the hospital. He tells her, “About the things you saw at the hotel. [A lieutenant] told me they’ve really gone over the place with a fine tooth comb and they didn’t find the slightest evidence of anything at all out of the ordinary.” He encourages Wendy and Danny to stay with him for a while. The film ends with text over black, “The Overlook Hotel would survive this tragedy, as it had so many others. It is still open each year from May 20th to September 20th. It is closed for the winter.”
Roger Ebert said Kubrick made the write decision to change the ending. According to him, “Kubrick was wise to remove that epilogue … it pulled one rug too many out from under the story.”
5. Most Of The Shining Set Burned Down
Near the end of shooting, a fire broke out and destroyed multiple sets. The still photographer said, “It was a huge fire in there one night, massive fire, we never really discovered what caused that fire and it burned down two soundstages and threatened a third at Elstree Studios. It was an eleven alarm fire call, it was huge.” It cost around $2.5 million to rebuild one of the soundstages. Stanley Kubrick famously laughed in front of the wreckage.
6. Jack Nicholson Improvised The “Heeere’s Johnny” Line
Jack Nicholson is responsible for the famous “Heeere’s Johnny” line. It is the only line from The Shining to make it into the AFI’s Top 100 Movie Quotes. While filming the bathroom scene in which Jack chops through the door with an axe, Nicholson shouted out the famous Ed McMahon line from The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. The catch phrase made the scene more emotional, and it stayed in the film. Behind-the-scene footage shows Jack Nicholson gearing up for the iconic scene.
7. Room 217 Was Switched To Room 237 At The Request Of The Timberline Lodge
In the novel, most of the spooky events take place in Room 217, not Room 237. Oregon’s Timberline Lodge, which was used as the hotel’s exterior for some shots, is to blame for this swap. The Timberline Lodge’s management asked for the room number to be changed so that guests wouldn’t avoid Room 217. There is no Room 237 in the hotel, so that room number was chosen. The website of The Timberline Lodge notes, “Curiously and somewhat ironically, room #217 is requested more often than any other room at Timberline.”
8. Jack Nicholson Wrote A Scene For The Shining
Not only did Jack Nicholson deliver one of the most famous lines of the film, he actually wrote an entire scene. He connected with Jack Torrence on a deeper level. He understood why Jack Torrance berated his wife while he’s trying to write.
Jack Nicholson explained the scene best in an interview with TheNew York Times. Nicholson said, “That’s what I was like when I got my divorce. I was under the pressure of being a family man with a daughter and one day I accepted a job to act in a movie in the daytime and I was writing a movie at night and I’m back in my little corner and my beloved wife Sandra, walked in on what was unbeknownst to her, this maniac—and I told Stanley about it and we wrote it into the scene.”
9. The Shining Has Inspired Several Conspiracy Theories
There are several conspiracy theories surrounding Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. In fact, there is a documentary, Room 237, that talks about the many conspiracy theories. One theory is that Kubrick helped to fake the moon landing and The Shining is his confession. Fans probably got the idea from Danny Torrance’s shirt. A second theory claims that the film is truly about the genocide of Native Americans. Another theory reads the film as a story about the Holocaust and concentration camps.
Stanley Kubrick’s personal assistant during the filming of The Shining, Leon Vitali, has since denied these theories. Vitali said, “I was falling about laughing most of the time.” He added, “There are ideas espoused in the movie that I know to be total balderdash.”
10. Stanley Kubrick May Have Typed All Of The “All Work” Pages
No one really knows if Stanley Kubrick actually typed 500 pages of “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” He didn’t go to the prop department with this task. It is rumored that he used his own typewriter to make the pages. The typewriter had a built-in memory, so it could have turned out the pages on its own. But of note, the individual pages in the film have different layouts and mistakes. People claim that the director probably individually prepared each and every page. We will never know, though. Kubrick never addressed it before he died.
Today marks the 40th Anniversary of Friday the 13th. It’s one of the best horror films ever made. It inspired many memorable sequels, including a crossover and a remake. Funnily enough, the series began as a Halloween copycat. Sean S. Cunningham (director/producer) borrowed Halloween’s formula and applied it to a title he thought people wouldn’t be able to ignore. Turns out, he was right. Friday the 13th hit theaters May 9, 1980, and cracked the top twenty highest-grossing films that year.
A young boy drowned at Camp Crystal Lake in 1957. The following year two camp counselors were brutally murdered. The summer camp closes soon after. After several years, a group of counselors work to open Camp Crystal Lake up for the summer. The counselors get killed off one at a time by an unknown attacker. The killer isn’t revealed until the final act, their identity kept secret through POV. It turns out to be an older lady, Pamela Voorhees (Betsy Palmer) seeking revenge for the tragic drowning of her young son Jason.
Friday the 13th changed the slasher genre for the better. The total kill count is nine, not including Mrs. Voorhees. It would become a common theme in the sequels that followed. Tom Savini and his special effects crew made the film. The bloody kill scenes looked all too real. The final scene is the stuff of nightmares. Alice wakes up in a canoe out in the middle of Crystal Lake. Jason’s corpse jumps out of the water and grabs Alice, dragging her into the murky depths. All we’re left with is a couple of ripples on the lake’s surface, then the credits start rolling. Was it real life or was it just a dream? The sequel ran with it, and it paid off big time.
A group of camp counselors are stalked and murdered by an unknown assailant while trying to reopen a summer camp which was the site of a child’s drowning and a grisly double murder years before.
Stephen King’s Revival (2014) is his latest book coming to the big screen.
Warner Bros., the studio behind King’s IT franchise, is developing the film. Mike Flanagan is on board to adapt the script with an option to direct. Trevor Macy, who teamed with Flanagan on the 2019 adaptation of King’s Doctor Sleep, will produce through Intrepid Pictures.
Revival spans five decades, opening in a small New England town, where a charismatic minister meets a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. When tragedy strikes the boy’s family, the preacher mocks all religious belief, and is banished. The boy has become a musical nomad and a heroin addict by the time the two meet again.
Mike Flanagan and Trevor Macy teamed up for the Netflix adaptation of Stephen King’s novel Gerald’s Game. The two also collaborated on the Netflix series of The Haunting of Hill House. Warner Bros. executive Kevin McCormick is overseeing Revival for the studio.
Josh Malerman, Bestselling author of Bird Box, is set to release Goblin through Del Rey Books/Penguin Random House in 2021. Goblin was originally published as a limited edition hardcover through Earthling Publications as part of their Earthling Halloween Series.
A MAN IN SLICES A young man wants to prove to his long-distance girlfriend that they have “legendary love,” better than Vincent van Gogh, so he sends her more than just his ear.
KAMP A man horrified of encountering a ghost sets up a series of “ghost traps” all over his apartment, desperate to catch one before it can sneak up on him.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HUNTER! Big game hunter Neal Nash leaves his own meat-themed birthday bash to go hunting for Goblin’s hallowed (and protected) Great Owl. But the North Woods are unkind at night.
PRESTO In the pages of Presto magazine, a young boy reads that his favorite magician, Roman Emperor, is coming to town. Problem is, Pete doesn’t know that Emperor’s magic is real, and his latest trick involves audience participation… from a little boy volunteer.
A MIX-UP AT THE ZOO Dirk Rogers works at both the Goblin Slaughterhouse and the Goblin Zoo, but the workload is really getting to him. Will he be able to separate the two jobs on the night he finally breaks down, or will the slaughterhouse and the zoo overlap in his cracked, dark mind?
THE HEDGES A young girl finally reaches the end of Goblin’s biggest tourist attraction, The Hedges. But what she finds there sparks a mad chase between the owner of the Hedges and the Goblin Police, through the streets of the rainy city and into the terrible North Woods.
Welcome to the town of Goblin. May your night there be wet with rain, breathless with adventure, and filled with fright…
Josh Malerman is known for Bird Box, but he has written some other great books as well. While you are waiting for the Goblin release, you should check out the following books:
According to Deadline, 1091 has secured the rights to Star Light, a young adult supernatural horror thriller that stars Scout Taylor-Compton (The Runaways), Cameron Johnson (Light as a Feather), Rahart Adams (Pacific Rim: Uprising), Liana Ramirez (Power Rangers Beast Morphers), and Tiffany Shepis (12 Monkeys). Star Light is co-written by Altieri, Jamal M. Jennings, and Adam Weiss. It’s directed by Mitchell Altieri (The Night Watchmen) and Lee Cummings, the film will be available on digital and on-demand August 4.
Star Light involves a kind-hearted teenager, Dylan (Johnson), who crashes into a beautiful young woman (Taylor-Compton) while skateboarding. She turns out to be a world famous popstar, who is on the run from her handlers. While he and his group of friends try to help this mysterious woman, unexplained events begin to occur within the home. When Bebe’s threatening handler, Anton, shows up demanding her return, the teenagers’ refusal makes him unleash a barrage of dire and otherworldly consequences that turns a fun graduation party into a night of living hell.
Zoe Bell has created the “Boss Bitch Fight Challenge” and it’s filled with some of the greatest female heroes of the past decade. It’s all the in your face action that you want while social distancing. The video is edited in such a way the continuity is spot on and entertaining. There are so many great actors in this video. You can check it out below. Enjoy!
Director: Kevin Yagher (as Alan Smithee) | Writer: Peter Atkins | Released: March 8, 1996 | Run Time: 1h 25min
I’m a big fan of Clive Barker and his work. Hellraiser is probably his most popular film. It spawned a number of sequels, including Bloodline, a film that wasn’t well-received upon theatrical release. The film was penned by Peter Atkins who also wrote the screenplays for Hellraiser 2 & 3. It was written as the conclusion to the Hellraiser series. It would have been a fitting in, too, had it not been for films that came after. Bloodline is the last really good Hellraiser film in the series. After this film, the quality of the series fell off, and left viewers disappointed and wanting more.
Peter Atkins wrote one of the best screenplays in Bloodline. The story is unique because it’s an origin story and a satisfying ending to the series. As we all know, great horror slashers can never die. Studios won’t let them, and fans keep wanting more. If you don’t think so, just look at the Friday the 13th and Halloween franchises. I look at Bloodline as the conclusion to the original three films.
Bruce Ramsey stars as three different generations of the Merchant family. The Merchant ancestor created the Lament Configuration puzzle box for a “magician” named Duc de L’Isle (Mickey Cottrell) and his apprentice, Jacques (Adam Scott). Duc de L’Isle sacrifices a French lady (Valentina Vargas), summoning a demon to control and do his bidding. Once the demon, Angelique, arrives, she forms a romantic relationship with Jacques and quickly kills Duc de L’Isle. L’Merchant is in the process of designing the Elysium Configuration to destroy the demons. He tries to steal the puzzle box back but he is discovered. Jacques orders Angelique to kill L’Merchant, but not before Jacques informs the toymaker that he and his bloodline are cursed until the end of time because of the puzzle box he created. Little do they know, L’Merchant’s wife survives and travels to America.
Angelique grows impatient, and she sets her sights on America, seeking the Lament Configuration. Around 200 years later, John Merchant has built the building witnessed at the end of Hellraiser III: Hell On Earth. Jacques denies her permission, upon which Angelique kills him for “trying to stand in Hell’s way”. She eventually finds the puzzle box buried in a pillar in the basement. She seduces a guy into solving the puzzle box and summoning Pinhead, where they try and wreak havoc on the Merchant family. Pinhead tries to open a permanent gateway between Hell and Earth. Angelique decides she doesn’t want to return to Hell, so she gets Merchant to activate the Elysium Configuration and destroy Hell, which would free her. Well, the attempt fails and Pinhead kills Merchant before his wife can solve the box. Pinhead is forced back to Hell, taking Angelique with him. You can’t double cross Pinhead. Fast forward a couple hundred years, the last surviving Merchant confronts Pinhead and Angelique.
I thought the spaceship was cool. At first glance, I didn’t know what was going on with the spaceship’s design. It took me a minute to realize its true purpose. Once I recognized the spaceship for what it was, I thought it was a stroke of genius. There wasn’t much in the way of special effects, though. It’s the same old hooks and chains, ripping the flesh of the weak. I thought the makeup artists did a great job with the cenobites, but we didn’t get to see them nearly enough. We get the Chatterer Beast, half man and half dog, the Siamese Twins that eventually turn into Siamese Triplets, Angelique, and Pinhead. The cenobites didn’t make much of an impression, though.
The writing was great. Peter Atkins did a great job with the script. The acting was solid. Pinhead brought back his famous quotes about pain and suffering. I was fully invested in the history of the Merchant family. The story just felt rushed. It could have easily been fully fleshed out in two films. We only get to see the Merchant family in three different time periods. If the Merchant family is truly cursed, wouldn’t there be more incidents with the Lament Configuration puzzle box? Or am I just overthinking it? Please let me know what you think in the comments below.
Pinhead is back–And he’s out for more blood. The fourth terrifying chapter of the wildly popular Hellraiser series chronicles the struggle of one family who unknowingly created the puzzle box that opened the door of Hell.
The Nightly Disease was an unexpected treat. I love owls and the cover spoke to me, as did a two star review on Goodreads. I’ve never read anything quite like this book. Max Booth III kept this reader off balance and turning the page. Isaac, the night auditor at The God Damn Hotel, isn’t the most reliable of narrators. He’s either slipping into madness or he has a vivid imagination. Either way, he probably needs a mental evaluation, but I’m not sure he has health insurance. Isaac is overworked, underlaid and he pretty much hates everything about his job. When he’s not watching Netflix or doing the five knuckle shuffle on the hotel roof, he’s dealing with rude and ignorant guests. He also likes hanging out with his fellow night auditor, George, from the other hotel.
Max Booth III is at his strongest when Isaac is dealing with the various hotel guests. It’s the inner monologue that truly brings the character to life. You can tell Max drew from his own experiences. Isaac is witty, sarcastic and candid. His appalling thoughts made me laugh. The inner monologue starts bleeding through. He doesn’t know if people can hear him, and he might be having delusions involving owls. He also falls in love with a bulimic woman. Even though Isaac hates his job, he still has to fulfill his duties as the night auditor, unclogging nasty toilets and taking extra towels to guests. Can he catch a break? Nope, uh-uh, no he can’t. Things get even worse for Isaac when two low-life brothers blackmail him into helping with their counterfeiting business.
Bodies start piling up, but Isaac has to be the world’s worst at getting rid of bodies. His apartment scenes are gross. You can smell the stench wafting from the pages. Even though I was grossed out, I had to order a pizza pie and some pasta. The writing is good. It is taut and very-well paced. Max Booth III is not a predictable writer. He throws in several twists throughout the book. The characters were compelling. I was totally invested in Isaac, I needed to see how his story was going to play out. The payoff was worth it. I wasn’t expecting that ending.
I wish there was a soundtrack to this book. I bet it would have at least one Nine Inch Nails song on the track. I’ve never read anything quite like The Nightly Disease, it’s weird and compelling storytelling.
Sleep is just a myth created by mattress salesmen.
Isaac, a night auditor of a hotel somewhere in the surreal void of Texas, is sick and tired of his guests. When he clocks in at night, he’s hoping for a nice, quiet eight hours of Netflix-bingeing and occasional masturbation. What he doesn’t want to do is fetch anybody extra towels or dive face-first into somebody’s clogged toilet. And he sure as hell doesn’t want to get involved in some trippy owl conspiracy or dispose of any dead bodies. But hey…that’s life in the hotel business.
Welcome to The Nightly Disease. Please enjoy your stay.
Max Booth III is the Editor-in-Chief of Perpetual Motion Machine, the Managing Editor of Dark Moon Digest, and the co-host of Castle Rock Radio, a Stephen King podcast. He’s the author of many novels and frequently contributes articles to both LitReactor and CrimeReads. Follow him on Twitter @GiveMeYourTeeth or visit him at http://www.TalesFromTheBooth.com. He lives in Texas.
I love haunted house stories. There’s just something about a comfy old house filled with ghosts that makes my horror heart melt. Add in pretty cover art, and I’m hooked for life. What Stephen Kozeniewski and Wile E. Young does so well is transcend the haunted house trope, while creating a beautiful world full of fascinating characters; it’s a truly remarkable feat. Kozeniewski and Young’s writing styles mesh well together, it really is seamless storytelling.
Now, imagine a world where everyone and everything that dies turns into a ghost. Every single place in the world is haunted, save for one house–Jackson Manor. Within the first couple of pages, the reader is left with a burning question: What happened at Jackson Manor? The opening scene chilled me to my core. You can’t ask for a better setup. It pulls you in head first and doesn’t let go until you’ve turned the last page.
Donna Fitzpatrick is a surrogacy agent. She helps ghosts possess volunteers so they can enjoy carnal pleasures. Donna is accompanied by her twin, Kyle, who died in a motorcycle accident fifteen years ago. She’s been working herself to death, but dying isn’t a big deal. After having a panic attack, Kyle insists she take a vacation at the Jackson Manor, an old abandoned mansion. Donna soon realizes something different about the archaic house. And whatever happened at the mansion starts happening in other places. It starts rapidly spreading like a wildfire.
While all of that is going on, you get to know the characters. Poor Kyle. He was treated so badly. I was invested in the twins and their predicament. The authors unfold the story in a timely manner. It doesn’t feel like a 200+ page book. The storyline is taut and unpredictable, making for a compelling read. I had so many emotions reading this book. The authors are not afraid to put their characters in harm’s way. I enjoyed my time in this book, even if it was only for a little while. I didn’t want it to end, so I read it in a couple of sittings.
If you like to feel things when it comes to your horror, then I think you would like The Perfectly Fine House. You can order a copy here.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
In an alternate reality where ghosts are as commonplace as the weather, the most terrifying thing imaginable is a house not being haunted.
Donna Fitzpatrick runs a surrogacy agency, where ghosts can briefly possess volunteers in order to enjoy carnal pleasures. She’s also working herself into an early grave. But that’s no big deal because death is no worse than puberty. That’s particularly evident in Donna’s twin, Kyle, a self-absorbed roustabout who spends most of his time high on sage. Kyle’s been in arrested development since his motorcycle accident fifteen years ago.
When Donna has a panic attack, Kyle insists she take a vacation at an abandoned mansion. There’s just one small problem: there isn’t a single ghost in Jackson Manor. And while an unhaunted house seems no worse than an oddity at first, soon ghosts go missing, natural disasters consume entire cities, and every afterlife on earth is threatened by the terrible secret behind . . .