No, that’s not a written imitation of the late Mr. Carson entering the stage on “The Tonight Show,” but rather the infamous, creepy phrase uttered by a deranged Jack Nicholson in Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 horror-tinged thriller, The Shining.
The film stars Nicholson as Jack Torrance, a disgruntled writer who brings his wife, Wendy (Shelley Duvall) and young son Danny (Danny Lloyd) to the seemingly peaceful, somewhat deserted, snow-covered Overlook Hotel in Colorado during the winter season to work on a book. Jack’s plan is to write in peace but, as this is a Kubrick film, that ultimately isn’t the end result. Instead, Danny – who is somewhat clairvoyant – discovers that the hotel is haunted (many years before, a custodian went crazy and killed his wife and daughters) and finds himself wandering around, seeing blood flow through the walls, and uttering another of the film’s famed phrases: “Redrum, redrum.”
Jack is deeply affected by his son’s discoveries and, at the same time, is driven to the brink of utter insanity. It gets so bad that the spirits in the hotel are trying to force Jack to kill his wife and child.
As part of its “Midnight Madness” series, the Rialto will screen Kubrick’s The Shining at midnight on Saturday, July 2. For more information or for details about upcoming screenings, visit www.landmarktheatres.com.