The Shining without a doubt makes my top 5 favorite horror films, if not the number one spot. This is due in large part to the excellent performances of the all the actors. Right down the line everyone is fantastic, engaging and memorable. Each scene has a quality to it that makes rewatching, and rewatching, and rewatching still enjoyable even to this day.
Another of the many reasons I love this film so much is that I never feel I fully understand it. So I return each viewing trying to discover a new clue.
To celebrate the film, or maybe my own confusion, I thought it would be fun to illustrate a few of the employees of the snowbound Overlook Hotel, and in particular the smaller roles. In this case it's one Mr. Delbert Grady, the once caretaker but now eternal waiter at that fine establishment.
This scene with Jack Torrance in the "gentleman's" room lingers in the memory for many reasons (the red walls, the pacing) but for me it's Philip Stone's portrayal of Mr. Grady... "I corrected them, sir". Great, great stuff.
Hope you enjoy and I'll talk with you soon,
Douglas E. Draper Jr. is an award-winning artist from Salisbury, Maryland. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute, College of Art and his work has been exhibited throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, Annapolis, Baltimore and various other cities and galleries. His fine art and illustrative work can be seen from such publishers as Moonstone Books, Top Shelf, Desperado, IDW, and many others.
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