Welcome to the first ever Modern Borefare podcast/vodcast a.k.a The Modern Borecast! Myself, Adam, viciouspjurahead & Shallow Ma Gu got together recently (via Google Hangouts) to discuss Room 237, the soon-to-be-released documentary about Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. We also dip into such diverse topics as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles villains, Frank Miller’s Daredevil run, Magic: The Gathering, Wizards of the Coast’s tampering with the rules of D&D, which star of AMC’s The Walking Dead is the greasiest IRL, what effect massive weight gain would have on Superman’s powers and how Time Warner Cable is the devil.
A preemptive thanks for watching/listening; leave a comment below. We’d all appreciate it! Unless it’s to comment on my spastic head movements or my “uhhh” verbal crutch. I don’t think I’d appreciate those kinds of comments as much. I also don’t think a football is a very good Christmas present.
Trailer for Room 237:
The final shot of The Shining is about as deliciously unsettling as one could imagine, striking a perfect balance between terrifying and thought provoking. But (spoiler alert for any clowns who still haven’t seen it) the classic image of a mad, grinning Jack Nicholson was never meant to be the end of the movie. There was another scene afterward, set in the hospital where Shelley Duvall’s character, Wendy, and her son, Danny, are recovering from their ordeal. It culminates in a similar sort of ambiguous dread, except with the focus more on Danny’s ability than Jack’s fate. You can read the creeptastic script from that scene and find some continuity Polaroids like the one above here.
Kubrick reportedly hated the original ending so much that shortly after it hit theaters he sent assistants to physically cut out the offending frames from every print and destroy them. Rumor has it one copy still exists somewhere. If it’s out there though, it hasn’t been played in quite a while. And you know what they say about no play…
(The Overlook Hotel via Fangoria)