Is it too early to declare “The Shining” the most endlessly modulated film ever made? Anyone who’s seen “Room 237” knows that Stanley Kubrick’s horror benchmark tends to have a strange effect on viewers and filmmakers alike, with any number of out-there interpretations being applied to Jack Torrance’s stay in the Overlook Hotel. Adding to the chorus is Aesop Rock, whose new album “The Impossible Kid” is now streaming via a shot-for-shot remake of the film…in miniature.
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Gone from the opening scene — that iconic helicopter shot of a car driving up a winding mountain road — is “Dies Irae,” replaced by fresh beats and all the other hip-hop accoutrements the kids love so much. It’s not as unnerving, but you can certainly nod your head to it more easily. Condensed to 48 minutes, this version of “The Shining” relies on small figurines (which are creepy enough in their own right) to act out the roles played by Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall and whoever played those terrifying twins; presumably this Jack Torrance has always been the caretaker as well.
Rob Shaw directed the adaptation, which shows a studied dedication to its classic source material. “The Impossible Kid” is being released this Friday.