Danny's Tricycle Scene

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The movie The Shining based on a Stephen King’s novel with the same title and directed by Stanley Kubrick introduces a family who heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific apprehensions from the past and of the future. The "Danny's tricycle" scene is one of the most famous scenes in modern cinema history. Director Stanley Kubrick uses different film techniques to convey the horror and terror from Stephen King's novel. In this scene, camera angles and sound elements are used to create suspense, anticipation, vulnerability, and terror. In "Danny's tricycle" scene, director Stanley Kubrick uses different camera angles …show more content…
In the films long-shot Danny riding his tricycle, it shows him as vulnerable and exposed. The long-shot, of the character being out of his sight as he turns into each hallway, reveals the suspense of something dangerous coming or lurking each corner. Another long shot is when Danny riding down a short corridor and turns the corner and sees the girls at the bottom of the aisle, and as the form of a jump scare because the audience isn't expecting it and there was no warning. This long-shot represents the vast size of the hotel and anticipate reality within the hotel. Another camera technique was a close-up shot of the character's face. For example, the close-up of two little girl’s face in the hallway with Danny. The impact of this close-up leaves the audiences dumbfound and scared stiff because they believed the family was in intense isolation within the hotel and seeing other people would be impossible and unrealistic. Also, another close-up of Danny’s face when he was covering his eyes and waiting to see if the girls were real, only, to find out it was just a flashback. This shot of Danny’s face at the end of the scene represents the fear of insanity. The fear of our minds playing tricks on us can leave us feeling …show more content…
In the beginning, the director uses a suspenseful, usual low other-worldly sliding, bass that creates a momentum to that underlines the mood for the scene. The impact of the beginning score instantly creates an atmosphere of fear and paranoid for the viewers. It also creates a sense of dread for an unseen jump scare. In the scene where Danny is riding into the hallway, the music changes again into a disturbing and borderline on tragic, informing the viewer something terrible is about to happen. Then the scene reaches its climax score with climbing of bass and the strings of the violin, leaves a chilling and sinister effect on the viewers, where they moved with an unsettling feeling. Another technique element of sound is the sound effect within the scene. For example, the loud echoes of Danny's tricycle make on the tile at the beginning of the scene, gives viewers the sense of isolation and terror because of the emptiness of the hotel and the loneliness that the character has to face. In contrast, when Danny's riding his tricycle on rugs which, sounds like an almost muted, hidden and restrained, the sound of him rolling across the narrow hallway; this impacts the viewer's sense of anticipation through confined space like a small hallway. The

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