Nostalgia Critic - The Shining (Mini-Series)

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  • SpeedyEric  - Heeeeere's Dougy.
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    I've seen the classic 1980 film, I own it on DVD, and I was wondering since The Tommyknockers review if you'll ever get to review the mini-series version.

    3:06- It's stuff like this that show why people like me prefere to perform the most simple of things on my own and the most complicated tasks with some help.

    4:16- Holy shit, it's Uh-Huh from The Little Rascals movie, ...AND HE ACTUALLY SAID "UH-HUH" HERE!
    4:22- Don't push it, kid.

    9:42- The bench from the first Evil Dead movie is scarier that this one. Why? See the movie and find out. Stephen King loves that movie.
    30:50- Sam Ramei in a cameo?! ...I got nothin'.
    3:57- Stop it, King!

    I agree that this mini-series is more padded than my winter coat. At the 1 hour 15 minute mark of the Kubrick film, things in the hotel has already started to get batshit crazy.

    12:52- I was actually gonna quote Linkara here, buy um... Thanks for beasting me to the punch, Doug. =D

    I started to miss Bronson "SCARING THE LITTLE GIRL?" Pinchot during the TWELVE MINUTE conversation scene.

    20:36- Halle-freakin'-lujah, something scary actually happened. About time, Stephen King mini-series.

    Seriously, Mr. King, THIS is what you thought the thetrical movie should have been like? Living animal plants and a croquet mallet replacing an ax? What the hell was your problem. ...But, yeah, I can see why Jack in the min-series is better than movie, but I'm still going with th craziness that is Jack Nicholson. He fucki' awesome.

    38:37- Ha. I also like AVP. Sure, AVP:R wasn't as good as the first one, but it had the Predalien.
  • DurradonXylles  - Glad you didn't "first" this one.
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    But, yes, I think I'm going to enjoy Nostalgia-Ween '13. Especially with Malcom and Rachel to join in the festivities. Also, loved the intro.
  • SpeedyEric  - @DurradonXylles
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    1. I didn't mean to be first both tonight and last night's AT4W. It just happened.
    2. Calling "first" in the comments is overrated.
    3. Half way in this review, I had to watch it duing the commercial breaks of Agents of SHIELD.
  • minnie3434
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    It's only overrated if you can't find an interesting way to do it.

    All in all this was a good review. Michel and Rachel were brilliant in this on, as always. ALSO YES HALLOWEEN MONTH IS HERE!!
  • Valis77
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    right tell us another
  • minnie3434
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    Really it's true. Check out the first comment on The Doug's First Movie review.
  • Amykins
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    Oh god...I remember seeing this when it first aired. The only thing I took away from it was "Christ almighty, what is wrong with that kid's mouth?!"
  • Amykins
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    Oh god...I remember seeing this when it first aired. The only thing I took away from it was "Christ almighty, what is wrong with that kid's mouth?!"
  • Elphaba645
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    JESUS, Doug. Your Jack Nicholson/Jack from Kubrick!Shining impression was terrifying. Much scarier than the mini-series. Seriously, awesome job. And avatar references, yay! You went with cabbage man! The Dominic cameo was great! The stop motion was just incredible, completely accurate to nightmare, hilarious, just stunning. But damn, Doug you were just amazing, I watched you way more than the other actors, and you can really pull a million different faces.
  • PlayMp1
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    Definitely seconding that Doug's Jack impression is terrifying and spot on. If they ever dare to make another Shining adaptation (not that it would make any sense, the Kubrick film is basically perfect), Doug should be seriously considered.
  • FormerlyNoobmaster117
    I like AVP too, although I did not like AVPR because Predalien was a shark jump and they broke the unspoken rule of horror: NEVER KILL CHILDREN (Or women who are pregnant and especially babies)
  • TheWelshPirate
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    "and they broke the unspoken rule of horror: NEVER KILL CHILDREN"

    Isn't that the entire premise of the Nightmare on Elm Street movies? Or to teens not count?
  • KouTheMad
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    apparently teens don't count
  • SpeedyEric  - @KouTheMad
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    That's right. Any kid under the age of 16 is pushing it. Hell, when my mom saw the scene in Revenge of the Sith where Anakin was to kill the younglings, or the new born baby scene in the Dawn of the Dead remake, she hoped it would only happen off screen, and they did.
  • FormerlyNoobmaster117
    I have a theory on that:
    King's best films (Carrie, Shining, Green Mile, etc) are good because they had outside influences improving the lackluster source material.
  • GrlGmr
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    "Seriously, Mr. King, THIS is what you thought the thetrical movie should have been like? Living animal plants and a croquet mallet replacing an ax?"

    Those elements were there in the original book. The axe and hedge maze were Kubrick's replacements.

    Maybe it's because I read the book first, but I'm not a fan of the Kubrick movie. It had its moments and of course Jack Nicholson was great but it took too many liberties with the source material.
  • ThePinkKirby
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    I agree with you somewhat, though I still like the Kubrick movie to some degree (But hey, I'm a Jack Nicholson fan and he does a good job playing crazy people).

    I think that the mallet and topiary animals worked in the book, but the latter didn't transfer onto film very well. While I never found the animals "scary" per se in the book, they still felt like they worked as something threatening.

    Also, I really like the party scene and dog guy in the book, so I was disappointed in both Kubrick's movie and this miniseries by not portraying them in a way that wasn't grand and creepy, respectively.
    Seriously, when I first read the book the guy in the dog costume freaked me out.
  • thorondragon
    personally, it vastly improved it. a corquet mallet is not in the slightest threatening nor really a deadly weapon. it has the potential to kill, but it is not something you choose when you decide you want to end a life. not to mention attempting to break down anything with a croquet mallet will only lead to a loss of croquet mallet. it is not built for hitting anything, be it door or man, other than balls.
    and the hedge maze was far superior in threat. thw twists and turns as you are persued, one wrong turn and you are trapped, and it ultimately leaves your questioning whether or not the supernatural factors shown are real or not.
  • Valis77
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    beasting?
  • Swanpride
    Well, the living animal plants and the mallet are straight from the book, it was Kubrick who replaced them with the labyrinth and the axe. And the twins as well as some of the other horror elements from the Kubrick version are entirely made up.

    King's main problem was actually the casting of Jack Nickelson...he didn't want him from the get go, saying that the book was about a normal guy going crazy and not a crazy guy going totally bonkers. While the Mini-Series is pretty bad, mostly due to padding and very low production value, I can see his point.
  • GrlGmr
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    "saying that the book was about a normal guy going crazy and not a crazy guy going totally bonkers"

    I'd say that sums up Jack Nicholson's Jack Torrence pretty well.
  • rozola
    I think the problem with Jack Nicholson's version of Torrence isn't necessarily that he starts off crazy, but that he (as an actor) has a fairly aggressive and overbearing personality in general. So he comes across as mean, even when he isn't deliberately acting that way. Acting-wise, he doesn't really do anything wrong in the first half of the movie. He is acting as a fairly normal everyman. In fact, he's a lot more sympathetic than Webber's version at the beginning because there isn't that alcoholic/abusive background.

    But because it's Jack Nicholson playing the role, the audience is waiting for the moment that he turns bad. We're looking for any sign of it, even in the scenes where he isn't playing "crazy Jack Torrence" yet.
  • Amykins
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    Oh god...I remember seeing this when it first aired. The only thing I took away from it was "Christ almighty, what is wrong with that kid's mouth?!"
  • orionrei
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    Exactly my thoughts watching this video
  • Capt Harkness51
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    Just got your autographed pic in the mail, love it! Can't wait to see what'll be next for the month of October.

    Edit:
    LOVED the review! The Shining jokes were great, and the references were spot on!
  • bcn172000
    Halloween month is here
  • anonymousmoviefan
    Oh my god, Linkara joke. Life=complete


    Great review, too. God, the Kubrick movie was so much better compared to this shit. Loved the opening sequence for Nostalgia-ween!
  • DMaster
    Beats the millionth use of Nicolas Cage with bees...
  • crogrog
    Such a cool intro!
  • JMDarkly  - Problem.
    Hey, Doug. I'm having a small problem. I don't know what is wrong but ever time I try playing these videos for the last week or so, the video won't load. That opening advertisement just keeps loading and the video never plays. I can't get through the ad to the video. Can you look into the problem please? I love these videos and I hope this can be solved soon. Thank you.
  • Ginger...  - @JMDarkly
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    There could be many reasons the video isn't playing but unfortunately the best option is to wait until your computer is updated with the right plug-ins for the advertisement(which usually takes a couple days if you go on Blip often). But so I can get a better idea of what's going on do you have a Mac or Windows and are you deleting the Blip cookies when they show up?

    Edit: Also, a lot of people said that there have been issues with Blip while running (Adobe)Flash but I'm still looking into it.
  • ImitationJesus
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    nice review! i found Malcolm's joke at the end VERY funny, and i hope it comes up again in a future review. was anyone else expecting Dominic during the bar scene? i was expecting Ask That Guy. eh, anyway. great review Doug and company!
  • NightmareLyre
    Well this was a bit of a disappointment after the excellent Bridge To Terrabitia review. I just didn't find anything in this review that funny, the Shining movie parodies were too obvious, repeating that it's not scary got old pretty fast, and the part where you were going to kill the guy for being black came off less as a joke about movie tropes and more like a pretty racist joke that just made me feel uncomfortable. Sorry, just didn't feel this was all that great, and hope you will do more "small scale reviews" like BtT again soon.

    Also what is wrong with Weeping Angels anyways? They are genuinely creepy and not like these bushes at all other than in movement.
  • Deadrisingx1
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    Knock Knock, Who's there? ZUUL, MOTHERFUCKER! XD
  • HS199432
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    Bees. My God.

    Those bees were probably the scariest thing in this series.
  • TragicGuineaPig
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    Aw, man! I was going to make that joke! Now I'm stuck with the not-quite-as-funny "NOT THE BEES! NOT THE BEES!"
  • Camo Kid
    Finally a fan when you do a new video and Nostalgaween FUCK YEA
  • Noxia9
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    This can't be possobly bad, i mine its the shining... Oh shit its the mini series not the movie, well it must be closer to the book at least
  • Mauropteryx
    It actually is closer to the book. Including the croquet mallet.

    Obviously an ax is scarier because...well it's an ax. Croquet mallets can do a lot of damage though. Probably as much as a baseball bat. It's a blunt weapon.

    The hedges are done better in the book actually because you never see them move but they get closer and closer every time the characters looked away.

    The Kubrick movie is still better but the book was "meh?".
  • Dra
    I thought so too at first but I read a very good review once were someone explained why the mallet IS scarier than an ax. Just think about how long you have to hit someone with an ax until he is dead. Can be really fast as we see in the Kubrik movie.

    How long does it take to kill someone with a Croquet mallet? If you don't hit the right spot (head) it can take long enough for the victim to suffer. You don't cut your victim open, you start to smash his organs and bones and just the thought of that makes me a lot uneasier.
  • Ela
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    It is much closer to the book. In the Kubrick movie, Jack already looked crazy from the start. And Kubrick swapped the living hedge animals for a hedge labyrinth. I was so disappointed. I was glad to see the hedge animals in the remake, even if the CGI could've been better, or they could've not moved on screen at all. But they were still better than a labyrinth.
  • MyWorldInABottle  - I kept refreshing it until it came!
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    Wow, I had watched this on accident when I left it on auto play on Blip, so I had already watched it but... I really love the intro! How did you do stop motion? It's amazing! ^u^

    Not to mention WOW.

    Just WOW Doug. I know you can make some silly faces but you REALLY pulled off the scary faces in this and your acting was really cool too! The entire time I was just watching you more than all the other actors, but then again, I guess you are the star. :)


    And @ NightmareLyre... mhhh... I don't see your point of view, usually when a opinion is so drastic from another person's in this exact kind of way it means either I was trying too hard to find the good in it or you were trying to find the bad.

    either way, this probably had to do with the whole "I don't like your big story reviews" complaint I always see. I don't get that... I always thought they were so much bigger, they were so much deeper, and showed the connection and development of the critic and his friends on their crazy adventures while creatively working in a criticism of a movie along the way. The way Doug does it it's just so... inspired. but whatever, I can only hope Doug never stops doing these kind of reviews because of it, I sure would miss them.
  • Morgil
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    So, is this month gonna be all Steven King stuff? Or is there gonna be a bit more variety?
  • JoeDawson15
    OH Hell yes, thanks Doug
  • Rachenar
    Doug you should do The Tommyknockers. I remember being blown away by the book and I couldn't believe how awful the miniseries was.
  • Rachenar
    Oh and Rachel is really hot.
  • Goobian
    He already did Tommy Knockers.
  • PZ_Arnott
    He already did, two years ago.
  • Wazaraku  - Welcome recent person to the fandom :)
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    I'm here to tell you Doug has already made a good bunch of Stephen King Mini series stuff... we have It, The Langoliers AND YES The Tommyknockers, go to the backlog of previous NC episodes, find them... and enjoy :D
  • CaptainTrips70
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    He did the Tommyknockers already.
  • Ela
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    He did Tommyknockers already in a previous Nostalgia-ween.
  • Raptor Rex
    He already did do the Tommyknockers.
  • ladydiskette
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    He already did The Tommyknockers...last year I think.
  • Aquabreeze
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    DAMN, Doug. Your Jack Nicholson/Jack from Kubrick!Shining impression was terrifying. Scarier than the mini-series. Seriously, well done. (Although I'm sad that you implied there won't be any filming at your house anymore... unless you still will, in which case yay.) And there were more Avatar references... yes, good, you really are one of us now... -menacing smile- And that stop-motion intro was beautiful, accurate to Nightmare and funny. And the Dominic cameo? Priceless.

    Interesting fact: "The Overlook" is actually The Stanley, a hotel in Estes Park, right outside Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. Estes is one of my favorite places on earth, and I seriously recommend it. (No one paid me to say that) But yeah, the actual hotel from this mini-series (and maybe the Kubrick film?) is there (and not burned down) and the reason I bring this up is that they actually do ghost tours over there, and I've never been on one, but it wouldn't surprise me if those ghost tours are a bit similar to the way you parodied it at about 3:41.

    Also, you missed a joke at 3:50- ALCOHOLIC! TAKE A SHOT!

    Seriously though, awesome review. Some people have said to me lately that you're not as funny anymore but I couldn't disagree more. Your humor is getting smarter. Keep it up. You rock!
  • TragicGuineaPig
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    Got to love that awesome Nightmare Before Christmas intro!

    Also, does Q-Brick jump up and down on a pyramid, causing all the blocks to change color, while being chased by a coil-shaped snake and a bunch of little goblin creatures?
  • Tarantel
    No, of course not, silly! You are confusing Q-Brick with Q-Bert. A Q-Brick is what you would use to clean the ears of elephants.
  • thorondragon
    to be honest i did not like thatn ightmare before christmas thing........... largely because it makes no god damn sense in that, well......... that is a skeleton.
  • OverlordODonell  - still the first page. good.
    Hey, everyone. I want all of you guysto start badgering the critic to review equestrian girls. whaddya say?
  • Mides
    I'm a Brony, and I would like to take this moment to say "No. Fuck you. Go away."
  • Baby Hitler
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    Even if you don't like the MLP movie you have to at least admit it gave the fans what they wanted. Guilty pleasure, I must admit.
  • ShadowHand
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    wait is this the shining mini series as in the well known movie or the other mini series? Oh the tv series also is anyone going to buy the sequel book doctor dream
  • Semudara
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    Doctor Sleep.
  • Robanah
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    That was great! Haven't laughed this hard at a NC episode in ages! Well done Doug, Rachel, and Malcolm!
  • cboehm6
    To be fair to 2012 and Stephen King, Roger Ebert did give 2012 3 1/2 out 4 stars.
  • Nostalgic Fan
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    did he also take the blinker fluid?
  • Baby Hitler
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    And he took ALL of the cupholders!!!!!
  • The Maelstrom  - Great review - Sorta similar view on the series
    Somehow, and one may say this is some fluke of the universe, I managed to come across the miniseries version of The Shining before I saw the Kubrick version. When it came out on TV, I think it was split into three parts actually and I was about 12. I don't recall being bored to the point of being annoyed by the series, but I found the first two parts of the mini-series not captivating enough to re-watch.

    I think the big difference between this series and the Kubrick movie is that while the Kubrick movie is designed to scare you, the mini-series is designed around you watching other people be scared. It involves you more in the characters with all the dialogue and slow bits so that it can build your sympathy for them and thus frighten you through your worry for the character and sympathy for what they are feeling in that situation. I would argue that this is what a literary work has to do because it can't play off of timing, visuals, and pacing in the same manner as film. The problem is of course - the miniseries is not a book anymore. I think this is where Steven King went wrong on the series. Even as a kid, the only scary moments I remember were just the startling moments when something jumps out and makes sudden noise. If you aren't the type of person to get invested in the characters, you won't be scared for them and thus won't be frightened in the least by the movie.

    The last thing I'll say is that while I think it was better that Doug stayed away from the jokes for Dick's name, I can't believe he passed up the one where Danny called Dick for the first time saying "Dick, Dick, please come!" Even if all the others were skipped, that one was just so ripe for bad jokes!

    Have a nice evening.
  • carfox
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    Yeah, I agree. Stephen King is a novelist, not a script writer.
  • Lotus Prince
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    I loved Death Race.

    I've also actually seen the TV Shining movie, and I kid you not, I liked it more than the Kubrick version, because it didn't change everything about the book except for the basic premise. Even the "Indian burial ground" part of the Kubrick version was BS.

    That said, I would've liked it if the TV version didn't show the topiaries actually moving.

    Oh yeah, also, ENJOY SOME JOJO!

    http://a.mpcdn.net/manga/ p/6073/136294/9.jpg
  • ebradfute  - To be fair
    I think you were better than both lol

    Dominic was a nice touch and added to the lunacy
  • FormerlyNoobmaster117
    It'll make an interesting Video Game Confession (especially if Critic is a boss in AVGN's game)
  • Guild Navigator
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    ^ LOL! So very true.

    The scene with the hose is terrifying in the novel,but the big the big difference is that in the novel Danny never knows if it was real or his imagination. And that's the thing,the novel is ultimately more about psychic powers than about ghosts. In the book the ghosts -and the main Force driving the house- talk into Jack's head. The ghosts are rarely seen.

    BTW, a middle aged Danny Torrance appears in King's latest novel Doctor Sleep.
  • PZ_Arnott
    Thought the same thing. When we see Critic at the bar, I actually saw that coming.
  • jonhoward18
    funny and spot on review. alien vs predator was really bad though (thanks matthew buck)
  • War1309  - sweet
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    I was wondering if we would get a Nostalgiaween this year. Since he swore it off in exchange for watching Doug the Movie
  • Blayshy  - When I think about it...
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    Maybe he did one another deal to never hear of Doug (the series and the movie, well, after he reviewed the movie) ever again in exchange for a new Nostalgia-ween.
  • TheAngryAnimeAddict
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    I have NOOOOOOOOOOOOO idea why the "Pumpkin McNuggets" Joke and Pumpkin Burger made me laugh as hard as it did, but god damn, that shit is hilarious. The delivery and the joke itself probably. It was just great.
  • Eithelen
    I laughed really hard too, I think it's just the way they captured how every single place that sells food starts putting out pumpkin flavoured everything in the fall. Most of which does not really taste like pumpkin.
  • SRanger1071  - HEEEEEERE'S CABBAGE GUY!!
    See? Aren't you glad the loyal Avatar fans threatened bodily harm to you after you accidentally dared to mock Mako? Now there's so much great joke material at your disposal! The Cabbage Guy, the Foaming Mouth Guy, and since it's Nostalgia-Ween I bet you'll find SOMETHING you can apply Sokka offering Momo as a tasty sacrifice to!
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