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Get Creeped Out by These Rejected Posters for The Shining


The renowned classic graphic designer Saul Bass, famous for his many movie posters and title scenes, also drew the poster for the Stanley Kubrick creepfest The Shining.

The AV Club posted some of the Bass' lost posters which Kubrick rejected out right. The classically fussy English director also penciled his criticisms in the haunting art.

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    This terrifying hand coming out of the snow

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    This was Bass' favorite of the bunch and Kubrick just sweeps it aside.

    It is truly a stirring image. Danny's trike's gonna get it.

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    This terrified family

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    We're kind of with Kubrick on this one. It does look like an alien family trying to find their home planet on a field of stars.

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    This eye maze

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    There is something really creepy about this eye maze. I wouldn't want to go into it. Plus it doesn't seem to have an exit.

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    This picture of the Overlook

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    This spooky image of the Overlook hotel, almost lost in a field of snow, looms large and scary.


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    This family entering the maze, complete with Kubrick's rejection letter

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    Here's the introductory letter Saul Bass sent to Kubrick

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    He sounds so classy. Plus, you gotta love the fish signature.

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    And here's Bass' poster that was used with the film

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    It's kind of funny, after all Kubrick's complaint about the title looking too small, it was like Bass said, "Fine, let's make it nothing but the title!"
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