Next year, Stanley Kubrick’s psychological horror classic The Shining will be 35 years old, and it hasn’t aged a bit. For anybody who has been living under a very large rock for the last few decades, the film is based on Stephen King’s 1977 novel of the same name, though there are significant changes (which King is still fuming about to this day). The film follows Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance, a writer and recovering alcoholic who takes a job as an off-season caretaker at an secluded getaway called the Overlook Hotel. His young son Danny (played by Danny Lloyd), possesses psychic capabilities and is able to see things from the future and past, such as the ghosts who inhabit the hotel.
Being released in 1980 the film has been parodied endless times on television and in feature length films. Most notably in The Simpsons’ Treehouse of Horror V (in a segment appropriately titled “The Shinning”) and more recently on South Park when Randy purchases a haunted Blockbuster video store.
With the rise of internet video over the last decade The Shining proves to be just as popular as ever, inspiring countless parodies that are just as inventive and funny as their big studio counterparts. These are the five greatest parodies of The Shining on the internet.
5. Lee Roy Myers’ Porn Parody
Earlier this year, “SpongeBob SquareNuts” director Lee Roy Myers blessed us with the superfluous web series titled “Here’s The Shining,” an erotic photo gallery of Stanley Kubrick’s creepy would-be twins as nubile adults. From standing in the hallway completely nude to riding their tricycle with no top on, the series indeed lets you live out the fantasy that you never even knew you had.
4. Annoying Orange – The Dining (The Shining Spoof!)
An Orange in a haunted hotel working on his novel, The “Grape Gatsby” while a bunch of creepy events are occurring? What more could you ask for from a Stephen King parody?! Personal assistant Siri is used as apposed to a typewriter to help create the iconic “All Work and No Play” great American novel. A pair of popsicles are subsutied for the creepy girls in the hallway. On top of it all, an actual bottle of red rum shows up…just because.
3. The Shining – 8 Bit Cinema
The folks over at CineFix have been reamagining all of your favorite movies as old-school 8-bit video games for a little while now. Everything from Blade Runner, Happy Gilmore, Mean Girls, Donnie Darko, Pulp Fiction, A Clockwork Orange and a dozen others. It only seems fitting that The Shining would get the same treatment. Check out room 237, the creepy twins, and the hot naked chick in the bathroom in all its 8-bit glory.
2. Redrum: The Unauthorized Musical Parody Of The Shining
Remember when Stephen King’s Carrie came to Broadway during the late ’80s? If you don’t, consider yourself lucky. Well, “The Unauthorized Musical Parody Of The Shining” wants to prove to everybody that a Stephen King Broadway musical can indeed be great. To garner interest, the creators — writer Joe Lovero and composer Jon Hugo Ungar — made a short film and posted it on YouTube. Marc Kudisch plays Jack Torrance so ridiculously over-the-top that you can’t help but enjoy yourself.
1. The Shining Mini-Series – Nostalgia Critic
Last year, The Nostalgia Critic asked a very poignant question. Is parody dead? Well, seeing as NC is the reigning champion of parody on the internet, the answer is going to have to be no. For his annual Nostalgiaween themed episode The Critic decided to once again attack a man who has done absolutely nothing to him and is making his living by entertaining others. That person being, Stephen King.
King has been quite vocal over the years with regards to his dislike for Stanley Kubrick’s rendition of his novel. In an interview last year with the BBC King explained: “With Kubrick’s ‘The Shining’ I felt that it was very cold, very ‘We’re looking at these people, but they’re like ants in an anthill, aren’t they doing interesting things, these little insects.’”
So, aside from King hinting that he’s against his characters doing interesting things you would think that the man himself would have done a much better job. NOPE! In 1997 King wrote the teleplay himself for a three-part television miniseries to presumably correct the mistakes he felt was done in the previous film.
Nostalgia Critic does a splendid job at perfecting displaing why exaclty this mini-series is horrible. All while satirizing the original 1980 film. Why not satarize the Mini-Series that he’s reviewing? Because “the new one sucks and there is nothing to satirize.”