21 Amazing Psychedelic Horror Films

The Shining (1980)
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Stephen King has a point: Stanley Kubrick's 1980 adaption of the psychic-boy-meets-haunted-hotel yarn really drops the ball on character development. Jack Nicholson never once resembles a likeable human character, so it's hard to care all that much when he goes crazy. But there's no mistaking the visual terror of "The Shining," a world in which elevators vomit blood, ghost twins walk the halls and bear suits factor into unguessable carnal appatites. Plus, factor in a cryptic conspiracy theory and there's more than enough for a rabid mind to feast on here.

About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.