How the fuck did this cast happen?!
I know that Italian horrors and thrillers from the 60s and 70s were regularly able to rope in one or two Hollywood stars to headline them - but this is Huston, Hopkins, Winters, Akins AND Fonda. It says the budget for this was $750,000 and, even if you allow for inflation, it's pretty clear they couldn't have been doing it for the money.
And they obviously weren't doing it for the…
I think that The Shining is, outside of one of its major plot points, a pretty good name for this film. It's a shining example of why no filmmaker should feel obliged to as closely mirror a book as possible when doing an adaptation.
When Stanley Kubrick released The Shining, Stephen King famously decried it, saying that it hardly resembled his novel at all. Quite often since then people have suggested that King simply does not understand cinema, an opinion…
What makes a 5 star film?
There are lots of different criteria floating around for what makes one. By their own admission, some people are a lot freer with dishing out such a grading whilst others insist a film practically has to become their all time favourite to receive full marks.
It is, of course, completely dependent on the individual. I've often wondered if I am quite strict or quite liberal with the amount of times I've handed out full…