Well, I guess this has been in my thoughts for the last couple of weeks. I was watching The Shining as I was unpacking some items in my kitchen a couple weekends ago, when I thought about ‘Danny’ and what ever happened to him. I went to check him out at http://www.imdb.com/ (one of my favorite sites EVAR) and found out that he didn’t act past The Shining. I also read some interesting info about his role in The Shining – where apparently Stanley Kubrick sheltered him so much on the set (he was only 6) that ‘Danny’ didn’t even know it was a horror film until years later. All scenes were filmed so randomly, the kid didn’t know what was going on! I thought that was really cool of Kubrick.
So as I was doing some research online, I found the bunny site Amber had posted, but more importantly, a website that analyzed the film in a way I never knew possible:
Fans found it surprising in 1980 when Kubrick turned out a movie that was apparently no more than a horror film. The action took place at the Overlook Hotel in Colorado, where the winter caretaker, a chilling Jack Nicholson, became progressively madder and tried to murder his wife and his telepathic son.
But The Shining is not really about the murders at the Overlook Hotel. It is about the murder of a race - the race of Native Americans - and the consequences of that murder.
Weird, huh? If you have time - skim through that site! It's REALLY interresting, and they've got some AWSOME soundbites!