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How Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining Influenced Joseph Kosinski’s Spiderhead


In “Spiderhead,” Kosinski tells the story of a gaggle of prisoners (together with Miles Teller) dwelling in a really uncommon penitentiary run by a pharmaceutical genius (Chris Hemsworth), however as an alternative of doing regular jail stuff, they’re used as lab rats for mood-altering medication. The outdoors of the Spiderhead facility is angular and aggressively futuristic. Think of the palace for a villain in “Dune,” however the inside is relaxingly fashionable in a West Elm type of means. If Crate & Barrel designed a jail, you get type of shut. 

In the identical means that the Overlook Hotel dominates the actions of the characters in “The Shining,” it appears like Kosinski’s facility in “Spiderhead” brings its personal motivations to the desk. Certainly, Kubrick, who was famously a perfectionist about all the things, was extremely explicit concerning the function structure performed in his films, and it appears like Kosinski takes it fairly rattling severely too:

“I discover I get a variety of pleasure out of setting the body and making an attempt to benefit from each second, regardless if it is an insert or a large shot, by no means let any shot go to waste as a result of you’ve this chance to create one thing particular, so attempt to do this at each second … From a course of standpoint, I do really feel like there’s a variety of parallels between structure and filmmaking. The script and the blueprint are associated. The function of an architect and having to create a constructing.”

It won’t be an uncommon sliver of inspiration, however it’s a enjoyable one nonetheless. So get your double function prepared and queue up one of many best horror films of all time, “The Shining,” together with Kosinski’s newest, “Spiderhead.” Maybe it’s going to encourage a brand new sequence of Pinterest boards.

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