Making A Scene: Pop Culture's Greatest Homages To 'The Shining'
The Huffington Post Canada
"Making a Scene" is an AOL On Originals series featuring actor, director and film-buff James Franco. Each week, Franco will take his passion for movies and mash up two of cinema's most iconic flicks in a way only he can imagine.
Horror films come and go but few have left such a lasting impression on pop culture like "The Shining."
Even if you've never seen Stanley Kubrick's 1980 horror flick, you've undoubtedly come across something that's riffed on the movie-adaptation of the same-named Stephen King novel.
Perhaps it's a play on the unsettling image of the Grady daughters. Maybe you never understood the significance of "REDRUM" until now. Perhaps the phrase "HERE'S JOHNNY!" takes on a whole new significance once you've discovered its source material.
Television shows and music videos have borrowed some of the film's stand-out moments and now James Franco has decided to put his own twist on "The Shining." While horror and comedy have gone together for years, Franco decides to give the movie's most pivotal moments a heart-felt twist.
Give the video above a watch if you've ever wondered what the "The Shining" would look like as a romance and to see what other shows have paid homage to Kubrick's classic, check out the list below.
Key & Peele's Continental Breakfast Skit
While perpetual continental breakfast from a hotel sounds like purgatory to us, the sketch comedians decided to give a little nod to that scene from "The Shining" where Jack Nicholson's character fades into the black-and-white photography at the end of the film.
Slipknot's "Spit It Out" Music Video
We're still unsure of what's more terrifying: the original movie or the music video which borrows heavily from the horror flick. Right off the bat, the band's name is showcased in red, backwards — a reference to the "REDRUM" scene from the film. Tack on creepy twins, Danny's tricycle, axes and you've pretty much got a three-minute version of Kubrick's movie.
Family Guy -- Various Episodes
While they're no angry chicken or James Woods, the "Shining's" creepy Grady twins have made a few appearances on Seth MacFarlane's cartoon show. The spooky apparitions from the hotel's original caretakers appear on the episode "PTV" and in the clip above from "Peter, Peter, Caviar Eater."
The Simpsons Treehouse V -- "The Shinning"
Probably the most referenced "Shining" parody to date, this Treehouse of Horrors bit nails the original from start to finish. Whether it's Homer's "no T.V. and no beer make Homer go crazy", Abe Simpson's "Hi David, I'm Grampa" or poor Groundskeeper Willie's unfortunate demise, you can't help but crack a smile during the episode's six-minute run.
Bing's Spoof Commercial
What would happen if Jack's typewriter was replaced with a laptop with high-speed internet? Well, you'd probably get something along the lines of Microsoft's spoof for their Bing search engine. Just like the original, you've got everything from young Danny and his trike, the twins, a quick reference to the movie's pivotal maze and even the ghost of Lloyd, the Bartender.
Daria's Red Rum Moment
For the uninitiated, "REDRUM" is "MURDER" backwards. Or if you're Daria, it's code for "we're probably going to die in this sketchy, sketchy hotel".
REDRUM: The Shining Musical Parody
If they can make "Spider-Man" a broadway production, who says Stephen King's horrors can't be turned into a musical? To be fair, it's a parody (and an unauthorized one at that) but watch the clip if you're wondering what would happen if "The Shining" had fewer scares and more singing.