The Shining or A Movie That You Never Should Have Seen on The Movie Channel When You Were Only Nine, Thanks Mom and Dad.
One of the reasons "The Shining" is such a mind fuck is the fact that Kubrick takes things that are supposed to be positive images and turns them into nightmares. Take for example, twin girls. As a boy, you are supposed to associate twins with positive events. Instead, Kubrick shows us shots of the girls cut up so finely that Lindsay Lohan would totally snort them. To make matters worse, the madman works in a tricycle or Big Wheel type thing into his house of horrors. Thanks to Stanley, I didn't ride my Big Wheel ever again after seeing "The Shining" and that's pretty fucked up, man. He took away a part of my childhood and hide it anyway somewhere in his big bushy beard or perhaps Amazonian eyebrows.
Another sick thing that Kubrick did with this movie was the scene where he included this hot, All-American babe:
only to turn her into this monstrous vision:
As a nine year-old, this initial glimpse of female naughty bits was already enough of a sensation for me. Why, dear sweet Jesus, did Stanley have to morph her into zombie nana? This had the dual effect on me of avoiding the shower and my elderly relatives for months.
Of course, you should watch it, provided you are not a 9 year-old. It's still the best horror movie of its generation, blowing "The Exorcist" and "The Omen" straight out of the water. The only movie comparable is "The Ring", which is terrifying, but that's primarily due to the fact that the entire cast is Japanese, I think.