It remains a staple of the genre and The Shining still stands on its own for a number of reasons. From the opening titles of the film, no time is wasted in kicking you into an almost hypnotic state, bringing immense feelings of isolation. The atmosphere of this film is already heavy. Society and any trace of civilization are left far behind. The camera swoops over a lake and finds itself following a VW Beetle through endless windy road. Then we're flown over tall pines, mountainsides and snow-brushed land. Only miles of bleak landscape and the vast unknown lie ahead.
The eerie concoction of Stanley Kubrick's magnificent style of filmmaking plus Wendy Carlos's daunting score create an ambiance that is unforgettable. To me, out of the two driving scenes to the hotel, the following track from the film's soundtrack was always just a little more frightening. 'Rocky Mountains' plays during the Torrance family's long drive up to the hotel when they're having a discussion about the mountain air....and cannibalism.
Wendy Carlos - Rocky Mountains [The Shining] by TNUC