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The beginning of the “come
play with us” scene shows a long-shot of Danny on his trike going through the Overlook
Hotel. He is the focal point of the shot which forms a complete line of symmetry
that goes on with a notion of a paralleled reality which is shown through the
course of the movie. This particular shot follows from behind Danny. When he
isn’t in the shot anymore, the camera still follows the exact same route that
Danny took on his tricycle throughout the corridors of the hotel. During this part
of the scene, Kubrick uses a high pitched non-diegetic sound that gets eerier
as Danny pedals faster and further through each corridor. When he gets to the
end, an impetuous and ghostly sound suggests that something frightening is
about to happen. The way in which Kubrick uses the non-diegetic sound made me
kind of nervous, but at the same time made me much more engaged in the scene
because the high-pitched sounds getting higher and higher made it more suspenseful
and made me more curious as to what was going to happen next.

While
riding his trike through the hotel corridor, Danny’s shot changes to a mid-shot
that only shows him from the waist up and it then proceeds to shadow him around
each corner instead of using a jump-cut to when he is actually around each of
the corners. When the camera immediately jump-cuts to the Grady twins at the
end of the hallway, the absence of jump-cuts for Danny is made up for since we don’t
expect a jump to happen. This is one of the many reasons why jump-cuts are used
so frequently in horror films because it invokes the audience to ‘jump’ after
the camera jump in the movie. When Danny turns corners on his tricycle, the
camera changes to a long-shot of the entire hallway with the Grady twins at the
center of the shot which makes another line of symmetry which mirrors the impression
of the paralleled reality inside the Overlook Hotel. The twins look extremely
clean and tidy how they are shown in this scene. Their dresses are neat and
spotless and their hair looks freshly pressed, which actually makes the scene
even more strange and forces the audience to question what events have taken place
in the past at the Overlook. After watching this part of the scene, I felt very
uneasy and fearful because I now knew that the twins were the daughters of the
former caretaker who murdered his family in the hotel. Seeing the Grady twins
look so pristine was uncomfortable to process since I knew how they were killed
by an axe by their father, yet they freakishly looked clean and happy. In the camera
shot that shows the twins down the corridor, a sharp thumping noise is used to
stress the importance of how significant the Grady twins are in the movie. The
long-shot gets juxtaposed with a close-angled camera shot of Danny’s face to
illustrate how distraught and terrified he is. He begins to breathe deeply which
attracts emphasis and concentration on how frightened he is from the Grady
twins directly ahead of him. After this, the camera immediately cuts to a
long-shot again so the twins and Danny are in the shot together and upon doing
so the twins speak for the first time, saying ‘hello’ to him. They both say
hello to Danny at the exact same time which makes the scene even more creepy
and they follow their hello to him with saying, “come play with us.” Since the
twins aren’t in this particular shot and rather just a close up of Danny’s
face, they most likely are not even there since we don’t see them actually say
it to him.

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Kubrick uses jump-cuts to
show the Grady twins at the end of the hallway to when they are slaughtered and
coated in blood. This is done frequently in horror movies because it forces the
audience to feel uneasy and disturbed. At the closing of this scene, Danny is
in a close-up of the camera. He closes his eyes and covers his hands over his
face which is a human instinctive reaction to fear. Frightened, Danny then
peeks through the tiny gaps of his fingers to see if the twins are still there
only to discover that the Grady twins have disappeared. He whispers to his
imaginary friend Tony that he is scared, but Tony does what he has done through
the duration of the movie which is instills bravery in Danny by telling him
that the twins aren’t real and to think of them like characters from one of his
books.

The “come play with us”
scene is shot with a lot of artificial light, but at the same time it is very high
key. From watching many other horror films, the traditional lighting for the horror
category of film is low-key. When Danny quickly breaks his tricycle and witnesses
the Grady twins, the non-diegetic sounds stays at a continuous creepy, low-pitched
sound. This particular part of scene was terrifying to me mainly because of the
sound mixed with the lighting. The low mixed with the high pitches of non-diegetic
sound deepened my feeling of terror. The lighting was a very significant part
of the film. It molds the way the audience distinguishes the characters and demonstrates
to us that scene is not required to be shot in the dark as a way to achieve the
full effect of the malice and horror going on.

The “come play with us”
scene is substantial to the general form as well as the theme of the movie
because it signifies the basic movie structure and mise-en-scene completely. It
is a great example of other correlated scenes through the duration of the movie
and it encompasses each of the key elements of filmmaking that Kubrick intended
to produce. All of the characters, sound, lighting, costumes, dialogue and even
all the blood are symbolically used to transmit the plots context and
significance brilliantly in the scene.