No. 83 – Heeeere’s Sláine!

Glenn Fabry’s Sláine (written by Pat Mills) cover for prog 448 vs. Jack Torrence (played by Jack Nicholson) from Stanley Kubrick’s (1928–1999) The Shining (1980)

… with perhaps a little of The Road Warrior (Warner Bros., 1982) thrown in

Jack’s line, “Heeeere’s Johnny!”, references Ed McMahon’s (1923–2009) famous introduction to The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1925–2005 [Carson, not the show (NBC, 1962–1992)]).

Stranded red Volkswagen Beetle in The Shining

While Ridley Scott’s borrowing [with permission] of some of Kubrick’s Shining footage for his original ending of Blade Runner (Warner Bros., 1982) is old news, another interesting nugget of speculative trivia is that Kubrick included a crushed red Volkswagen Beetle on the road as Hallorann (Scatman Crothers (1910–1986)) drives up to the Overlook Hotel, as an aside to Stephen King, the author of The Shining (Doubleday, 1977), upon which Kubrick’s film is based. The Torrences did indeed drive a red Volkswagen Beetle in King’s book, but a yellow 1973 Beetle sedan in the film – not the sort of detail change an obsessive stickler like Kubrick was wont to miss nor make unintended – and the inclusion of the wreaked vehicle later in the film is thought to be a subtle signal to King and/or his readership that this was very much going to be Kubrik’s story and not his, and indeed the plots of the two diverge considerably towards the end, much to King’s vocal disappointment at the time.

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