Tuesday, February 16, 2010

WOMEN IN HORROR MONTH EXTRAVAGANZA: WHAT IF JACK TORRANCE HAD BEEN A JILL?


It can be said that Jack Nicholson's portrayal of Jack Torrance in the film adaptation of The Shining is his most memorable role next to possibly The Joker in Batman. The film itself is one of the quintessential pieces of the genre and is a film that many people will admit scared the living daylights out of them. Almost every scene is iconic and has been parodied in some way, and I don't think anyone can look down an empty hotel hallway without fear of seeing the Grady sisters staring back at them. When it comes down to it, The Shining is just awesome. Despite the film itself being horrifying, NOTHING can compete to the terror that is Jack Torrance. Now it makes me wonder, what if Jack had been a Jill?
Jill Torrance would have be someone who could appear endearing enough to marry a man with a child. She would have to be beautiful enough to have an audience drawn to her, she must be able to have a fine taste for liquor, and she most importantly...needs to possess the power to go absolutely bat shit and try to kill them all. She may be more well known for her witching ways on the TV show Charmed or her sexy one legged stance in Planet Terror; but her performance in this season of Nip/Tuck has convinced me that Rose McGowan would be a perfect Jill Torrance.

Jill Torrance has lived a life as a struggling writer and recovering alcoholic. She is married to a man named Wayne and has a son named Danny. Danny possesses a strange psychic ability and often talks with his "imaginary" friend Tony. After Jill takes a job as the caretaker at the Overlook Hotel, Danny begins having bad premonitions about the place. However the family arrives and well...we all know what happens next.

It would be interesting because you have a female caretaker, but she's supposed to be a reincarnation of the old caretaker...except they didn't have female caretakers back then. So maybe she was originally a man?! CRAZY MAN, CRAZY!!! I believe that making Jack into a Jill could be very beneficial as far as a fear factor is concerned. When we think of crazy, horrifying, batshit parents in film...we almost ALWAYS think of women. Mommy Dearest, Friday the 13th, Carrie, even Psycho all have absolutely insane mothers. To take the one film that is showcased as a crazy father and make it into a mother really ups the fear factor. For poor Danny, seeing his mother chasing down the family with an axe and having absolutely no fear of her (which can be assumed would be) stronger husband...is HORRIFYING. The encounter with the ghost could be excessively creepy when you realize that she's being drawn to another woman. Adds a little more of a twist and with today's film industry...a selling scene.
Going back to the idea of Jill being the reincarnated version of the old caretaker, this brings an absolutely crazy twist to the whole plot. Jill would have the innocent and fragile body of this woman, but with the mind of an extremely strong and malicious man. She'd have to have some major power and rage behind her to be this frail woman taking down Scatman and being able to scare away her husband. Opinion and feminism belief aside...it is a FACT that men are genetically proven to be stronger than women (unless she's a body builder or something). I think it would be very interesting to see a woman terrorizing people...with the mind of a homicidal man.

All work and no play makes Jill a dull girl.
All work and no play makes Jill a dull girl.
All work and no play makes Jill a dull girl.
All work and no play makes Jill a dull girl.
All work and no play makes Jill a dull girl.
All work and no play makes Jill a dull girl.
All work and no play makes Jill a dull girl.
All work and no play makes Jill a dull girl.
All work and no play makes Jill a dull girl.
All work and no play makes Jill a dull girl.

All work and no play makes Jill a dull girl.
All work and no play makes Jill a dull girl.
All work and no play makes Jill a dull girl.
All work and no play makes Jill a dull girl.
All work and no play makes Jill a dull girl.
All work and no play makes Jill a dull girl.
All work and no play makes Jill a dull girl.
All work and no play makes Jill a dull girl.
All work and no play makes Jill a dull girl.
All work and no play makes Jill a dull girl.
In complete honesty, not much would have to change in order to keep Jill a terrifying character. Grady could even still be a man and be just as convincing to Jill to "fix" her family. When you build a hotel on an Indian burial ground and hire the reincarnated former homicidal caretaker to take care of the hotel...you're just asking for trouble, gender aside. REDRUM would still be creepy, the axed up Grady girls will still cause small heart attacks, and the Scatman will still be everyone's favorite.



7 comment(s):

King is a Fink said...

Oh my god - I love this idea. Well, done. And, of course, now I want to see this movie...

James C. Sugrue said...

NILBOG > REDRUM

BJ-C said...

BAHAHA!

craigtaylor said...

Awesome post. I agree that Rose would be a great Jill Torrence. Here's another suggestion.... Carrie Ann Moss :)

Blooming Psycho said...

I would love to play Jill. I do batshit crazy very well. Back before I had to become a very dull working stiff, I appeared in a couple of plays and--surprise, I never played anyone normal. Probably just personal prejudice but I don't picture Jill as young and pretty. I picture her as early middle age, kind of frumpy, a bit bitter. She's burned out and tired of life. Yeah...I could hang with that!

Rabid Fox said...

Rose McGowan? Hmmm. Interesting choice. At least she has charisma on screeen, as compared to other Hollywood beauties. Personally, I wouldn't mind seeing Rosario Dawson as a Jill Torrance--hot as heck, and knows how to put on the crazy face.

Planet of Terror said...

I'm sold. I love Rose McGowan even though she did boink Marilyn Manson.

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