Saturday, 29 October 2016

Note on The Shining


Kubrick's The Shining is a much analysed film - from both an academic and an esoteric viewpoint - and I can't do all its suggestive intricacies justice in a short blog post. For that the documentary film Room 237 is a most worthwhile watch.

That said, I think it can be safely extrapolated from the film that the haunted hotel is nothing other than an allegory for the United States of America, built as it is on Native American burial grounds and itself reap with Native American decorations as evidenced throughout the feature. 

The USA strike me as a relatively uprooted nation which was built on land that was ancestral to an indigenous people and has made full of adoption of the technological and ahistorical way of life. 

There are elements of the film that make covert commentary on the history of the United States, such as the Gold Room scene where the bartender refuses Jack Torrence's cash as it is not backed by the gold standard - an important moment in American political history - or even the alleged debunking of the moon landings in terms of Danny's Apollo 11 sweater and the room he is supposed to avoid. 

Is modern day America haunted? I would argue that David Lynch is the great film-making genius of capturing the phoney unreality that lurks under the airbrushed façade of mainstream American culture. What Lies Beneath, the title of a nineties horror flick starring Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer, is the perennial question to be asked concerning the so-called 'Leader of the Free World'. 

Indeed, what lies beneath Hillary Clinton's icy smile and Donald Trump's skin tone? An enlightened land full of morality and justice or a darkened dystopia full of lasciviousness and violence?


Puppet Monst in the Wood