Welcome to the FIRST POST in what I hope will be a series cataloging my October SCARAY MOVIE-watching experience.
But okay, I’ll point out the obvious. We didn’t get off to the greatest start. I had put this in the queue several months back, inspired by a trip to the REAL Stanley Hotel:
You will immediately note that this is NOT the Stanley Kubrick/Jack Nicholson version (which I have seen, and loved). This is a tv miniseries that was filmed ON LOCATION at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, CO – the place that inspired Stephen King to write THE SHINING (which was ~*SO SPARKLY*~ good). The miniseries stars Steven Weber (that guy from WINGS)and Rebecca De Mornay. When we visited The Stanley, both versions were available in the gift shop…along with souvenir keys to Room 217…Eeeeeek! I did not know about this adaptation of the movie until then, but apparently the hotel runs it 24/7 on its own special channel.
ANYWAY, like I said, this was not the greatest kick-off for October SCARAY MOVIE Madness. Firstly….(do not laugh) this thing came from Netflix with two double-sided disks…and we watched all of Part 2 before realizing what we’d missed (I TOLD you not to laugh!). So the whole time I was thinking what a crappy adaptation it was, and how there was no building up to anything, and the characters were not likeable at all. And then we watched Part 1…and all I can say is…the movie was better for having a Part 1. But that’s it. Sigh…Kubrick did better. The dead lady in the tub looked like she got her costume at Wal-Mart. And though I give this version props for using the animal TOPIARIES which were THE MOST TERRIFYING part of the book (IMHO)… they were scarier in my head.
But everything usually is.
S watched the whole thing from behind my head, under a blanket with me ranting in his ear, "This is NOT SCARY."
*sigh* I have more hope for the next in the queue…Black Christmas (1974). (O_O) Stay tuned…we’re working up to the zombies.