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Why Danny Lloyd scares us in ''The Shining''

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Danny Lloyd, The Shining | CHILD'S PLAY Danny's strong psychic sensitivity comes in handy when his father (Jack Nicholson), the wintertime caretaker of an empty, snowbound hotel, goes bonkers. CHILLING…
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Why Danny Lloyd scares us in ”The Shining”

CLASSIFICATION Supernaturally Gifted

CHARACTER Danny Torrance, a boy with strong psychic sensitivity

CHILD’S PLAY Danny’s abilities come in handy when his father (Jack Nicholson), the wintertime caretaker of an empty, snowbound hotel, goes bonkers.

CHILLING MOMENT Danny finds himself croaking ”Redrum, redrum, redrum,” a cryptic warning he etches into a door (above) and later decodes in a mirror.

WHY HE SCARES US Danny doesn’t know what to make of the horrifying visions he sees — or his father’s all-too-real disintegration — and neither do viewers.

WOULD PLAY WELL WITH… Haley Joel Osment in The Sixth Sense (1999); Drew Barrymore in Firestarter (1984)

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