The last time I read anything by Stephen King, I was still in junior high school. King is the sort of writer you outgrow and leave behind as your tastes and intellect mature – kind of like that type of shirt you liked as a kid but would never consider wearing as an adult.
Don’t get me wrong, this doesn’t mean he isn’t a good writer. Actually, let me re-phrase that…I mean, a good storyteller (‘cause he’s definitely the latter, and not quite the former.) In fact, although fairly commercial in tone and structure, his horror stories are normally quite gripping – especially when delivered through the language of cinema.
A number of King’s books, of course, have been made into movies, with the most famous example being The Shining. In the hands of a director like Stanley Kubrick, a really good King book suddenly becomes a phenomenal piece of art that goes places the writer never intended, while becoming a significant cultural reference in the process.
All this to let you know about a new documentary that’s just been released which examines all the countless, intriguing theories behind the film…not the book. It’s called Room 237. Here’s a recent article that’ll tell you everything you need to know.
Interestingly, the piece points out that King never liked the movie, which doesn’t really surprise me. An imagination as fertile as Kubrick’s would never be able to leave well enough alone.
I’ll leave you what is arguably one of the most haunting pieces of music of all times. It’s played over the end credits of the film. It’s by Al Bowly and the Ray Noble Orchestra and it’s called Midnight, the Stars and You.
Jack Torrance: You WERE the caretaker here, Mr. Grady.
Delbert Grady: No sir, YOU are the caretaker. You’ve always been the caretaker.