Call it Samhain, All Hallows' Eve, or Halloween, the time is coming when day bows to night, growth wilts to decay. But while the balance lasts, before the cold closes over us, the two worlds mix, and fear, regret, and memory are close. I like to embrace that fear and listen to its lessons. I like to walk in its shadow and re-emerge knowing you've conquered it.
To get you in the mood for the season, I thought I'd share a couple clips from one of my favorite dark psychological movies, The Shining. Stanley Kubrick evokes such an amazing sense of foreboding by combining strange camera angles and powerful, disturbing music. Take a ride with Danny on his Big Wheel.
Since you enjoyed that one so much, I thought I give you a little extra. In this scene, Jack Torrance realizes he is speaking with Delbert Grady, the former hotel caretaker who murdered his daughters (featured in the prior scene), then committed suicide. The Overlook Hotel itself begins to speak through Delbert Grady, insisting that Jack's misbehaving wife and son need "a good talking to. Perhaps a bit more...." The understatement of the scene and the overlay of formality are what makes it so unsettling. (Sorry for the racial slur in there.)
Feel free to share some of your favorite movies of the Halloween season!