The Shining Miniseries (1997) review from Fifi Leigh's blog

Saturday, October 29, 2016

I woke up at around 8:30am, and I decided to turn on this air cleaner purification system that I bought from CostCo a couple of years ago. I had seen it at a neighbor’s house, and I decided that I probably should get one too because I live with a cat. I didn’t use it during the summertime because I don’t think it is good to use it with the air conditioner turned on. I also remember reading that it is also a good idea to open the windows when this system is turned on in order to air out the room that it is placed inside. I keep it in my bedroom, but I can move it around to other rooms if I wanted to.

Anyway, I went downstairs to do my breakfast, which is hot oatmeal cereal and a cup of espresso, before turning on the television set to notice The Shining series on the independent channel. The movie miniseries stars Rebecca De Mornay, Steven Weber, Elliott Gould, Melvin Van Peebles, Shawnee Smith, Stephen King, and other actors that I am not familiar with. Anyway, this miniseries seems different than the classic version by Stanley Kubrick. For one thing, the couple drives a red VW Bug instead of a yellow one, in which I think in both cases the color has to do with different symbolism because of the color. Yellow means knowledge and information, while red is about intensity, but I think in this case it probably has to do with Satan or evil presence, while the classic version had to do with exposing the truth with hidden knowledge and information about the Overlook Hotel. The family in this miniseries seems normal, even though the boy has psychic powers. The classic version had too much darkness, illuminati symbolism, and satanic reference. The house in this miniseries looks new and modern, and more like a mansion than a hotel. Again, it looks more like a dramatic made for TV film about a family who move into a large mansion. Nothing about this film is creepy, eerie, or scary, like the twisted classic version. The 1997 miniseries took place at The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado. This six-hour miniseries is an interesting dramatic adaptation of the novel and original classic creepy version.

Interesting trivia about this miniseries is that Stephen King and his wife Tabitha checked in the Stanley Hotel in 1974 during Halloween weekend, and they stayed in the famous Room 217. He was inspired to write his novel, The Shining. But Kubrick was asked to change the room number to Room 237. (I was wondering where the number 217 came from because I didn’t read the novel yet, although I bought a used book of the novel. I remember the Room 237 very well from watching the movie over and over on cable to analyze the story).

Part two of the miniseries has some subtle symbolism, such as a red door on a historical and gothic looking building, which also has a pyramid-shaped peak top.


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