How Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining Influenced Joseph Kosinski’s Spiderhead

In “Spiderhead,” Kosinski tells the story of a group of prisoners (including Miles Teller) who live in a highly unusual penitentiary run by a pharmaceutical genius (Chris Hemsworth), but instead of doing the normal prison stuff, they’re used like lab rats. by mood-altering drugs. The exterior of the Spiderhead facility is angular and aggressively futuristic. Think palace for a villain in “Dune,” but the interior is restfully modern in West Elm fashion. If Crate & Barrel designed a prison, you get a little closer.

In the same way that the Overlook Hotel dominates the characters’ actions in “The Shining,” it seems that Kosinski’s installation in “Spiderhead” brings its own motivations to the table. Certainly Kubrick, who was famously a perfectionist in everything, was incredibly particular about the role architecture played in his films, and Kosinski seems to take it very seriously too:

“I think I really enjoy setting up the frame and trying to make the most of every moment, regardless of whether it’s an insert or a wide shot, never let any shot go to waste because you have this opportunity to create something special, so try to do that at all times… From a process point of view, I feel like there are a lot of parallels between architecture and film. The script and the project are related. The role of an architect and having to create a building. “

It may not be an unusual sprinkling of inspiration, but it’s fun nonetheless. So get your double feature ready and line up for one of the greatest horror films of all time, “The Shining,” along with Kosinski’s latest, “Spiderhead.” Maybe it will inspire a new series of Pinterest boards.

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