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When directing The Shining, Stanley Kubrick reportedly made Shelley Duvall film one scene 127 times. It took 3 weeks. By the end of it, her hands were scraped raw & her voice was hoarse. In the scene as captured on film, she’s a puddle of snot, a total wreck – as Stephen King said at the time, a “screaming dishrag".
Should we be watching her? Is this acting or just a woman being genuinely tortured?
This notorious moment from film history serves as the basis for a multimedia theatre experience filled with blood, guts, girls, and glitter. Blood-drenched Carrie Whites and tap dancing Jack Nicholsons will recontextualise the horror genre: films predicated upon violence toward women, but also reliant on female actors’ abilities to express oversized, operatic emotions. Is this a fundamentally misogynist form or can we find some joy amid the muck of blood and gore?
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