Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Horror Movie Coolie: Philip Stone as Delbert Grady in The Shining (1980)

I cannot talk about much I love The Shining without talking about Delbert Grady. The film is crazy (mostly due to Nicholson) but the genius of the film is the quiet moments that lead to the deeply shocking and upsetting moments.

My favourite scene in the movie has to be when Jack Torrance encounters the ghost of the previous caretaker, Delbert Grady. For a movie filled with one of the most over the top performances EVAR, this scene is surprisingly quiet and ominous. Philip Stone portrays the mild-mannered thing to utter perfection and his quiet menace still gives me chills. Bonus points for being portrayed as Moe in the Simpson satire of it.

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