I just realized it’s Friday the 13th. So in celebration of that, here is one of my favorite facts about the props on the set of The Shining…
Kubrick loved gadgets, like the typewriter. He saw a chance to create text for Jack’s novel, and decided there should be a real manuscript of 500 or so pages. A secretary was hired to type the phrase ‘All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy’ over and over, so no matter where Shelley dipped into paper, she would find it. The secretary spent months and months typing out pages, formatted differently, with typos and the weirdness of typewriters.
It really pays off, too, as you see in the clip. Nothing startling happens, nothing jumps out, nothing gory… but it’s still so chilling as she flips through page after page of differently arranged paragraphs of the same sentence over and over – a project that her husband had been working on in the hotel for months.
Check out more fun facts below. Happy Friday the 13th. Go watch something scary. =)