“Of course he’s saying ‘I love you’, of course he is. Even though we can’t hear it, of course he’s saying ‘I love you’” Julie Gardner
Fun Fact: In 1.10 Asylum, Dean references Jack Nicholson’s characters three times, calling him “my man Jack” twice.
"Man, electroshock, lobotomies, they did some twisted stuff to these people. Kind of like my man Jack in Cuckoo’s Nest", this is referencing Jack Nicholson’s role as Randle McMurphy in the 1975 film One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (based on the novel by Ken Kesey). McMurphy, a serial petty criminal who has been sentenced to a fairly short prison term, decides to have himself declared insane so he’ll be transferred to a mental institution, where he expects to serve the rest of his time in (comparative) comfort and luxury. Of course, the institution is a very bad place, and very bad things happen.
"Spirits driving them insane. Kind of like my man Jack in The Shining”, this is a reference to Nicholson’s role as Jack, a writer driven insane and homicidal by the haunted motel. He references the Shining once again when he says, “All work and no play makes Doctor Ellicot a very dull boy.” This line refers to a scene in the movie where Jack Nicholson’s character has been supposedly writing for months. His wife has heard him, day after day, pounding away on his typewriter. Finally, when he is elsewhere, curiosity gets the better of her. She walks to the typewriter, and sees the sheet in place. Written on it are endless repetitions of the single sentence “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” She looks through the stack of papers neatly placed to the side with increasing horror; the book Jack was working on consists of only the repetitions and permutations of layout of that same sentence. Over and over, through hundreds of pages.
The number of Dean’s references to this movie throughout the series would probably lead one to believe that The Shining is one of Dean’s favorite movies.
It’s just kind of interesting how Dean references the movie version of The Shining over the years. And one wonders how he views it.
I mean, in the movie, the character Jack is the primary antagonist: going “crazy” and attacking everyone. But in the novel it is clear the real bad guy of the story is the hotel itself, fashioning the character Jack into a weapon and manipulating his actions.
In other words, the true villain is the evil supernatural influence taking Jack’s deepest, darkest fears and twisting him into what he fears most: a dangerous and monstrous patriarch. So ultimately he, too, is a victim of the Overlook Hotel - though at the end of the novel he fights back to take control of and ultimately sacrifice himself so the others can escape.
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