One of the most celebrated horror films in history is making a return to UK cinemas this Halloween season. Park Circus have revealed a limited theatrical run of The Shining, and they have given us two pairs of tickets to give away for Glasgow screenings!
Stanley Kubrick’s iconic film will be screening at Cineworld locations, including Cineworld Glasgow Silverburn, and Cineworld Glasgow Renfrew Street, as well as independent cinemas like The Glasgow Film Theater.
We have a pair of tickets for the Cineworld Glasgow Silverburn, and Cineworld Glasgow Renfrew Street showings to giveaway. All you have to do is fill out the short form at the bottom of the page with your name, email address and preferred cinema. The competition closes Thursday 26 October at 9AM.
There was a six-month campaign of teaser ads before The Shining came out in 1980. The elevator doors opened and the blood poured out to discordant Modernist music. That was it. Kubrick, one of the greatest directors then living, had been locked on set with Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall for over a year. He promised ‘the scariest horror film of all time.’
Many people now agree with that claim, but when it opened the film was ridiculed. Sight and Sound judged it “immensely trivial.” Kubrick didn’t understand horror film, Brian de Palma, the director of Carrie, said. And Stephen King utterly loathed what had been done to his novel, loudly voicing his complaints in an onslaught on the film. King remained so incensed he even scripted his own TV mini-series in 1998.
After the opening weekend reaction, Kubrick went in and cut some scenes. When it was released in the UK, he cut another twenty minutes. The result (the film you’ll watch) is tighter and weirder than the original cut, with back-stories pared down and the drama more overtly mythic. The Minotaur and the maze. Oedipus and his dad. Pure Freudian family romance.
These special screenings will also be preceded by Work and Play: a short film about The Shining, directed by Matt Wells for Park Circus. This short documentary brings together new personal reflections from Kubrick’s collaborators and unseen materials from his personal archives to shed light on this unique cinematic achievement. Featured in the documentary are: Lisa and Louise Burns (who played The Grady Twins), Garrett Brown (inventor and operator of the Steadicam on The Shining), Diane Johnson (author and co-screenwriter on The Shining), Katharina Kubrick (Stanley Kubrick’s daughter) and Jan Harlan (Kubrick’s producing partner and brother in law).
Fill out the form below to enter and be in with a chance of winning tickets to these extra special Halloween screenings! You can find out more about the re-release and a full list of screenings on Park Circus’ website.