Iconic Images: The Shining

When you think of Jack Nicholson’s characters…do you think: plaster on the broken nose (Chinatown), the Joker’s “painted” face (Batman), or this indelible image…

When it comes to the horror film there are a number of stand out images that have become icons of the genre and the films themselves. I’m thinking of the harsh beam of light that unnervingly welcomes Father Merrin in The Exorcist to the house of the possessed girl or Marion Crane’s scream in the “shower scene” of Hitchcock’s Psycho. However, perhaps neither image leaves such a spine-tingling mark on the audience as Jack Torrance crashing through the bathroom door in Kubrick’s The Shining.

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Editor of Top 10 Films, Dan Stephens is usually found pondering his next list. An unhealthy love of 1980s Hollywood sees most of his top 10s involving a time-travelling DeLorean and an adventurous archaeologist going by the name Indiana.

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    Evan Crean Reply

    I’ve always thought this was an amazing image. It’s so haunting because of the pure insanity of the moment it captures. You can’t think of The Shining without jumping to this truly iconic moment.

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    le0pard13 Reply

    As usual, great work, Dan. BTW, I’ve nominated you for the Super Sweet Blogging Award 🙂

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    Fogs' Movie Reviews Reply

    Hell yeah, that’s an iconic image! One of the most recognizable movie moments ever! 😀 Nice choice…

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    Neal Damiano Reply

    The image that comes to my mind, right away is Malcolm McDowell in
    A Clockwork Orange as he is being behavioral reconditioned. The steel electro rods on his head.

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    Neal Damiano Reply

    This is an iconic image of Jack…if there ever was one!!

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