Thursday, 6 January 2011

Suspense in: The Shining. (clip, and overview)

Suspense
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Is used greatly in the Shining and is in my opinion the best thing about the film, and what makes it stand out to me from other Thriller films.
The film is fairly slowly paced, with slow tension building, built up by the music in the background of the piece...




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Here is a particularly good example, the lack of drama, combined with the sinister music leaves me holding my breath every time Jack turns a corner, at 0:33 seconds in to the clip the music slows and changes to a spooky pace when he is outside room 237. This creates tension in the viewer, who is then sat with their heart racing... for Jack to twist the door handle... And.... Nothing happens???

This is what is most effective about the film, the music throughout sends the viewer on a trip of suspense and nail biting, when really the 'horror' and thrilling moments are short, fast and ugly.

Such as the bath tub scene, the lead up to this scene is incredible, as you watch it your heart seems to synchronise with the beat from the film as the camera moves painfully slowly....
The woman's figure behind the curtain, but then a more relaxed atmosphere is created lulling half the viewers in to a false sense of security, however the music tells a different story as we realise this is not the time to breathe out and enjoy the film however the time to run away and hide...

I find this a great feature of the film, it plays little games on the audience's mind while we watch, terrified and engrossed, such as the last scene I will talk of, towards the end of the film and possibly in one of the most tense parts, the audience watch Wendy, armed with a knife run upstairs, the music is adding tension as it the sound of Wendy's heavy breath as she runs upstairs, she turns to look in to a room and the audience are given a peak at what she can see... Our minds wander to blood, killings and death. However when the camera zooms in, it is apparent there is a person in a bear/dog costume in bed with a man? This is so BIZZAR !!! & First started my belief that this film is not only about mental confusion but is designed to instigate this in a small dose as well, through suspense and trickery.

Lastly here is the link to the really weird scene, Enjoy !



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