Steven graduated Cum Laude from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass Communications, focusing on film studies, journalism and theatre arts. Dubbed a "prolific" writer by Hollywood icon Kenneth Johnson (The Incredible Hulk, V, The Bionic Woman, Alien Nation), Steven has been honored by the Arkansas College Media Association for his story writing prowess. He has also received recognition for his dramatic writing from the Eerie, Shriekfest and Screamfest horror film festivals. Publications include: Carroll County News, Saline Courier, Forum, Echo and Moroch.
Here continues the countdown of the most influential, horrifying, disgusting and entertaining horror films over the last 125 years in chronological order. These are the must-sees! Look for 31 Days of Halloween: Horror Movie Must-Sees throughout October 2018.
The Shining (1980)
King’s third book is arguably his best adaptation. The Shining is a perfectly-woven story encompassing everything to make it one of the most entertaining horror films of all time. First, you have Stephen King’s book, as a basis for the project. Second, director Stanley Kubrick is at the helm. And last, but certainly not least, you’ve got Jack Nicholson portraying the movie’s main character, Jack Torrance.
Torrance takes a position as the caretaker of the Overlook Hotel during the establishment’s brutal, wintry off-season. With only his wife Wendy (Shelley Duvall) and young son Danny (Danny Lloyd) along for the ride, Jack makes his home in the mammoth hotel. Whether it is from the isolation, the supernatural mystique of the hotel, or a combination of both, Jack slowly slips into a crazed state culminating in a murderous rage.
Wendy and Danny find themselves fighting for their lives, as Jack stalks them with no sign of help in sight. Despite the author’s own reservations about the adaptation, The Shining is the 10-carat diamond in Stephen King’s illustrious crown.