Movies change over time. Silence of the Lambs was terrifying when it came out in 1991. It's still a great film but, in an era of movies like Paranormal Activity and Insidious, Dr. Lecter's lip-licking scene seems tame. But some films retain their power to frighten. A director's style of framing a scene, a particularly eerie soundtrack (usually courtesy of violins), the use of light and shadows and, of course, great acting can make a movie as goosebump-inducing now as it was 20, 30 or 40 years ago.
The Shining is the gold standard for a horror film that has stood the test of time. It's a taut psychological trip into madness that still resonates with viewers, whether they're watching it for the first time or the 10th. Even now, the scene in which the camera finally reveals what Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) has been furiously typing away at can still cause the most jaded horror fan to dive under the covers. Director Stanley Kubrick's wide-angle shots and tight close-ups are all the more evocative on the big screen, so take advantage of this opportunity to once again see what happens when little Danny Torrance (Danny Lloyd) pedals his Big Wheel into the Overlook Hotel's Room 237. Eek!