Watch: Adam Savage builds a model of the maze from The Shining


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Spectacular! And such a worthy piece of film memorabilia to recreate.

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The deadline to submit your entry (was) January 31st. Oh, well.

I want Adam Savage’s face on my currency, god-dammit!

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Am I the only one who was disappointed that he didn’t end up with it being snow-covered with a guy with an axe wandering around inside it?

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In real life how do places with hedge mazes deal with guest that get lost in the maze…do they send someone in to walk the entire thing before closing?

EDIT: Should have googled first. There’s one hedge maze that has little call boxes scattered throughout the maze.

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The maze was easily the most disappointing part of a very disappointing movie. I was waiting though the whole, silly movie to see how Kubrick would bring to life the Overlook’s terrifying topiary creatures. Instead, he punted, and we got this lame hedge maze. Cause we’ve never seen that in a movie before, right?

Should have grown it with bonsai hedges.


As a novice Bonsai parent, I would love this.

I never really looked at it as the hedge maze replacing the topiary so much as the topiary being removed for time and money reasons.

Also, I do not agree that it was a disappointing movie. I’d say it was a very good movie, and definitely better than the vast majority of horror movies I’ve seen from the same time period. (Plus, [it even makes a great RomCom] (

Kubrick turned what was a psychological ghost story, into a slasher flick, and it’s a lesser movie for it. Personally, I preferred the '97 mini-series version. It pretty much got everything right.

And yet others would say the opposite. That he took a heavy handed King novel, in which the ending culminates in the house exploding “with evil”, into an ambiguous psychological thriller, and that it’s a greater movie because for it.


The build was magnificent. Adam Savage, again, captivates in a way few makers do. I loved the way he was building it just to build it-- and then we learn that, oh yeah, his creation is going to replace the model in Kubrick museum.

And, how about that bracket?? How can a bracket be so exciting? It just is.

I loved every second of that. As a sculptor, fabricator and (former) art handler I also wanted to pat him on the back and say, “Forget it Adam. It’s an art museum.” Quality of art handling varies -a lot- depending on the institution and country. I once had to go to the packer with an artist I worked for after his retrospective returned from overseas to inspect the damage done in re-packing and shipping the work back to him and his collectors.

Oh man. Seven major “assemblages” treated like trash and some broken beyond repair. Not only that, but the insurers judged them unqualified for settlement because of “inherent vice.” The best intentions ultimately come down to trusting people you will never meet half a world away. They may be pissed at the boss that day or just suffer from a poor attitude. Your problem.

He was smart to make it all able to be disassembled. Repairs will be less visible.

(In the interest of full disclosure I have done my share of damage on bad days. Just in case any of you actually know who I am.)

If you think Kubrick’s version of The Shining was a “slasher flick” you’re out of your mind. What kind of slasher movie has only one kill, and that in the last 15 minutes? It’s a study of a man’s slow descent into madness, driven by the influence of isolation and a haunted hotel.

As for the '97 mini-series, I do agree that it was closer to the source material, and overall easier to understand, but that’s a difference having double the runtime will make. Which one you like better depends on if you prefer the book-accuracy of the 1997 version, or the better directing, intense scenes, and deeper symbolism the Kubrick version had. (But then again, the 1997 miniseries tacked on that horribly cheesy feel-good ending, plus the sequel-bait, so I guess book accuracy isn’t all it’s cracked up to be…)


The only issue I had was with the casting. Getting the Number One Super Guy to play Dick Hallorann robbed me of some of the creepiness. I just hate the way my brain works sometimes.

I’;m disappointed no one has made a ‘flocking hell’ joke yet :frowning:

i actually just finished reading the shining a few days ago and now i kinda dislike the kubrick film. i read dr. sleep and it was a pretty good adventure, too. i would have loved to see topiary instead of the hedge maze.

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