5 "I...corrected them."farnzy | 03/07/2007 | See all farnzy's reviews (164)Top 10 Reviewer Top 10 DVD Reviewer Whether you buy into The Shining's tag of the first "epic horror" film, or believe it to be a very black situation comedy, one thing is for certain-Kubrick looked at the genre manual for horror and ripped it up.Of course all of the classic elements are there: secluded setting, psychic child, rampaging axe-murderer; but they are manipulated by the most demanding of auteur directors into something beyond our immediate cinematic experience.What makes the Overlook Hotel linger in our collective memory nearly 30 years later? At once a steadicam treat to be explored by young Danny and yet, at the same time, a building of dread to be feared by him. As a lone(ly) child his enviroment is everything to him; playmate and confidant, bully and terroriser. Danny is mesmerised by the sound his trike makes on both carpet and floor but like every explorer this fascination will eventually lead to more unwanted discoveries.His ability to "shine" may or may not be real. This could be a defence against his violent father, an attempt to block the real evil which inhabits his family, rather than the imaginary evil that lurks outside it. Danny's creation of a fantasy world epitomised by "Tommy", his imaginary friend, is the same defence employed by Laura Palmer in David Lynch's Fire Walk With Me. The key differnce is Laura retreats into a more childlike state when confronting her fathers evil whereas Danny adopts a more adult persona when dealing with his. Danny knows for certain that his dad will turn violent again it's just a matter of when. The "shining" he possesses simply allows him not to believe it.For Wendy and Jack The Overlook offers the key to marital bliss but for very different reasons. Wendy the eternal optimist sees this break as an attempt to repair her damaged relationship. Her family seem isolated in more than just location. There is never any mention of any other relatives or friends throughout the film from which we can conclude that Wendy needs this to work. Not only from the perspective of a mother protecting her son, but also due to the fact that in Jack, she has put all her eggs into one basket. She is dowdy, not particularly bright and perhaps Jack was the best offer she was ever going to get. His rejection of her (violence aside) seems all the more cruel because of her doublely vulnerable position.Jack views The Overlook as an opportunity to rid himself of his own horrific situation; his family, or more accurately-Wendy. He blames her for all of his ills and uses his writing to deprive her of what she craves most; a happy family unit. The androgynous Wendy could never meet the needs of this would-be Hemmingway; a boozing, womanising, literary dwarf; Kubricks real genius in The Shining lies in this relationship, whenever the score indicates horror it is often open ended, Wendy appears to Jack as a monster as horrific as Captain Howdy, Freddie Kruger, and even himself rolled into one. Jack attempts to kill Wendy to save himself-surely a reasonable action when faced with a life-threatening situation?