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Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Beware The Overlook, Mrs. Torrance

Take another look at the Art Grant photo, below. It's an excellent example of Cedra making the "Mrs. Torrance finger."

Remember the creepy little boy, Danny, from The Shining? He was possessed by a seer who, if I remember correctly, was described as "a little boy who lives in my mouth." The kid would crook his finger, work the finger up and down a little, and his alter-ego would dispense predictions of doom in a raspy voice. redruM! redruM!

Cedra makes this little finger gesture often, and I mean like twenty plus times a day. We're waiting for the raspy voice to start and consequently to find Scatman Crothers hacked to death in our hallway. Meanwhile, if any of you armchair child development specialists are sitting there feeling the need to inform me that this is an early sign of autism et al., better check yourselves. I don't want to hear it.

On the subject of Danny Torrance, I remember seeing an interview with the actor who played the little freak and being absolutely blown away. In opposition to the subdued and barely verbal Creepy Danny character, he was totally hyperactive and had a thick Brooklyn accent. He bragged that he'd been payed the sum of "like, ten dolluhs uh suhmpthuhn" for his performance.

And on the subject of The Overlook, M. and I were married in the hotel they used to film The Shining. Scatman couldn't make the reception, but Shelley Duvall was there and kept berating the rabbi and faking seizures. Just kidding.

7 Comments:

At 11:16 AM, Blogger Apartment Number One said...

This post almost made me spit coffee all over my computer. Yes, Sabra's got Danny's finger thing going on. If she says there's a little kid in her mouth and starts speaking in a creepy voice, take her back to 16th and Mission, she'll fit right in.

p.s. Ohh, how I loved the Timberline Lodge. What a great place to get married, plus they serve the best white bean chili ever.

 
At 11:24 AM, Anonymous Dutch said...

God, great post. I forced Wood to watch the Shining the other day and she still hasn't gotten all the way through it. That scene where Scatman Crothers is in his Florida apartment, and the camera just pans up from the television news to the silkscreened portrait of the nude woman with the afro, and then the same thing across the room above his head, an even hotter woman with an afro. It's shit like that that make me wish I could have climbed into Kubrick's head for five minutes. Just five minutes! I think I saw the same documentary where they interviewed the little New Yorker Danny (what was up with that gap in his teeth?). I was watching Shelley Duvall smoke cigarettes in that documentary and I thought to myself, "Jeez, she's like the queen goddess of hot hipster chicks and this whole time I though she was just a horse-toothed Popeye-lovin' freak."

You totally need move into a big old house somewhere, get Sabra an old school hot-wheels trike, and let her roll through hallways covered in amazingly kick-ass 70s orange rugs. Just keep her out of Room 237, dude.

 
At 11:42 AM, Anonymous Wood said...

Just to clarify, I haven't finished watching the Shining because it's too freaking scary. And yes, Sabra's little finger thing is scary too, but only in an awesome way. Especially since I imagine that the little girl that lives in her mouth is saying, "No art grant for you! fill out an application, loser!"

 
At 12:04 PM, Blogger llamaschool said...

To the three of you I say that I am sincerely laughing my ass off.

And, to Dutch and Wood: I remember being warned when I was pregnant that as a new mother I would be hypersensitive to violence, horror films, porn and general abrasiveness a la Howard Stern. In my case this lasted until the breastfeeding stopped. Wood, I don't remember how old Junebug is but you may need a few more months before you can stomach The Shining.

Re: S. Kubrick's head, how about that "plushy" scene where Jack Nicholson rounds the corner and there's someone in a--what is it? pig costume? with his head in someone's crotch? Har. WTF?

 
At 12:15 PM, Anonymous Dutch said...

Yeah, I have had to watch that on the DVD in super slow motion to try to figure it out. It's a guy in a bear costume giving some guy in a tux a BJ. I swear "eyes wide shut" was really just Kubrick's excuse for the shenanigans he would have liked to have shown going on in the Overlook hotel.

The bear costume guy that Wendy sees is actually from the Stephen King book, I think, which I read when I was way into that stuff at 15. There, I've admitted it. Poe, NIN, and King. It's a wonder I'm not a freakin' goth.

 
At 3:21 PM, Blogger llamaschool said...

Well, this discussion has reignited my interest in the film. Now not only do I have to dig up the DVD, I need to buy the book to decipher which quirks belonged to Kubrick vs. King. Dutch reading Stephen King at 15 at is one thing, me reading him at 34...probably won't surprise anyone.

 
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