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The Simpsons Halloween Special The Shinning Groening is a take-off on Stephen Kings movie version of Kubricks The Shining 1977 with parody-like distortions yet poignant reminders of painful horrific scenes There is in the role of Jack Torrance the axe-wielding Homer in the role of Wendy is his wife Marge defending herself with a baseball bat their sensitive telepathic son Danny has been upstaged by the wise-cracking Bart Along for the ride come Lisa and Maggie to complete the Simpsons family This short episode manages to condense and encapsulate the real horror of the novel namely the decomposition of one person and the near destruction of a family unit through the real demon - alcoholism When the Simpsons find themselves cut off from the outside world no cable television and Homer from his life blood beer the family harmony starts to crumble and Homers mind starts to slip into insanity His creative juices have dried up along with the beer supply His typing goes from one sentence Feelin Fine to scrawlings all over the walls - NO TV AND NO BEER MAKE HOMER GO CRAZY Groening He like Jack Torrance starts to blame his family and turns on them Marge trying to protect herself and her children defends herself with a baseball bat after breaking into an emergency case - BREAK GLASS IN CASE OF SPOUSAL INSANITY Groening This touch of black humour is a horrific reminder of domestic violence It is the intelligent and sane family member Lisa who turns out to be the saviour When Homer in his rage of madness chases his family outside in the snow Lisa breaks the bad spell with a hand-held television This magic wand unites the family as they huddle together once again a happy family unit frozen but punished by having to watch what they consider to be a horror program the Tony Awards The Simpsons episode holds a mirror up to ourselves as
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