The beginning of the “come play with us” scene shows along-shot of Danny on his trike going through the Overlook Hotel. He is thefocal point of the shot which forms a complete line of symmetry that goes onwith a notion of a paralleled reality which is shown through the course of themovie. This particular shot follows from behind Danny. When he isn’t in theshot anymore, the camera still follows the exact same route that Danny took onhis 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 pedalsfaster and further through each corridor. When he gets to the end, an impetuousand ghostly sound suggests that something frightening is about to happen. The wayin which Kubrick uses the non-diegetic sound made me kind of nervous, but atthe same time made me much more engaged in the scene because the high-pitched soundsgetting higher and higher made it more suspenseful and made me more curious asto what was going to happen next.Whileriding his trike through the hotel corridor, Danny’s shot changes to a mid-shotthat only shows him from the waist up and it then proceeds to shadow him aroundeach corner instead of using a jump-cut to when he is actually around each ofthe corners. When the camera immediately jump-cuts to the Grady twins at theend of the hallway, the absence of jump-cuts for Danny is made up for since we don’texpect a jump to happen. This is one of the many reasons why jump-cuts are usedso frequently in horror films because it invokes the audience to ‘jump’ afterthe camera jump in the movie. When Danny turns corners on his tricycle, thecamera changes to a long-shot of the entire hallway with the Grady twins at thecenter of the shot which makes another line of symmetry which mirrors the impressionof the paralleled reality inside the Overlook Hotel. The twins look extremelyclean and tidy how they are shown in this scene.
Their dresses are neat andspotless and their hair looks freshly pressed, which actually makes the sceneeven more strange and forces the audience to question what events have taken placein the past at the Overlook. After watching this part of the scene, I felt veryuneasy and fearful because I now knew that the twins were the daughters of theformer caretaker who murdered his family in the hotel. Seeing the Grady twinslook so pristine was uncomfortable to process since I knew how they were killedby an axe by their father, yet they freakishly looked clean and happy. In the camerashot that shows the twins down the corridor, a sharp thumping noise is used tostress the importance of how significant the Grady twins are in the movie.
Thelong-shot gets juxtaposed with a close-angled camera shot of Danny’s face toillustrate how distraught and terrified he is. He begins to breathe deeply whichattracts emphasis and concentration on how frightened he is from the Gradytwins directly ahead of him. After this, the camera immediately cuts to along-shot again so the twins and Danny are in the shot together and upon doingso the twins speak for the first time, saying ‘hello’ to him. They both sayhello to Danny at the exact same time which makes the scene even more creepyand they follow their hello to him with saying, “come play with us.
” Since thetwins aren’t in this particular shot and rather just a close up of Danny’sface, they most likely are not even there since we don’t see them actually sayit to him.Kubrick uses jump-cuts toshow the Grady twins at the end of the hallway to when they are slaughtered andcoated in blood. This is done frequently in horror movies because it forces theaudience to feel uneasy and disturbed.
At the closing of this scene, Danny isin a close-up of the camera. He closes his eyes and covers his hands over hisface which is a human instinctive reaction to fear. Frightened, Danny thenpeeks through the tiny gaps of his fingers to see if the twins are still thereonly to discover that the Grady twins have disappeared. He whispers to hisimaginary friend Tony that he is scared, but Tony does what he has done throughthe duration of the movie which is instills bravery in Danny by telling himthat the twins aren’t real and to think of them like characters from one of hisbooks.The “come play with us”scene is shot with a lot of artificial light, but at the same time it is very highkey. From watching many other horror films, the traditional lighting for the horrorcategory of film is low-key.
When Danny quickly breaks his tricycle and witnessesthe Grady twins, the non-diegetic sounds stays at a continuous creepy, low-pitchedsound. This particular part of scene was terrifying to me mainly because of thesound mixed with the lighting. The low mixed with the high pitches of non-diegeticsound deepened my feeling of terror. The lighting was a very significant partof the film.
It molds the way the audience distinguishes the characters and demonstratesto us that scene is not required to be shot in the dark as a way to achieve thefull effect of the malice and horror going on.The “come play withus” scene is substantial to the general form as well as the theme of the moviebecause it signifies the basic movie structure and mise-en-scene completely. Itis a great example of other correlated scenes through the duration of the movieand it encompasses each of the key elements of filmmaking that Kubrick intendedto produce. All of the characters, sound, lighting, costumes, dialogue and evenall the blood are symbolically used to transmit the plots context andsignificance brilliantly in the scene.