#28: The Shining (GUEST: Monica Daniel) “Heeeere’s NJAM”


On this spooky Halloween episode, Timmie and Michael are joined by producer, Ryan, and very special guest commentator, Monica Daniel! Listen as the gang discusses Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 horror classic, The Shining, Halloween, haunted houses, procedurals, and the best way to eat a sandwich.


I. Intro

A. Hello to Monica

B. What have we been watching?

C. Conspiracy Theories: Connection to Room 237

II. The Shining (1980)

A. Experiences with the film

  1. NJAM screens it together
  2. History with the film
  3. Iconism in the film world

B. The movie

  1. Music, Dies Irae
  2. Horror through tension and mood, not shock horror
  3. Casting and Characters:
    • Jack Nicholson (Jack Torrance)
    • Shelley Duvall (Wendy)
    • Danny Lloyd (Danny)
    • Scatman Crothers (Dick Halloran)

    D. Favorite Scenes/Characters

III. Bad Table Reads

IV. Conclusions

A. Additional thoughts

B. Problems

Original Music

The excellent creepy music found in this episode was written and performed by the talented Jesse James.

Audio Editing

This show was edited by Ryan Jacobi.

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N-JAM Team


Timmie is a vocalist, pianist, and teacher that podcasts and writes about media in her spare time. She’s hoping to incorporate both of her passions in an endeavor she’s calling Lost: The Musical. Official release date TBD.


Michael, always thought to spend too much time watching TV, reading books, playing video games, and looking up random facts on the internet, has finally decided to put his plethora of seemingly useless information to good use in audio format. He co-hosted a very successful 10 episode run of a video game show called the Go!Cast and loves to get involved in long-winded and deep discussions on media. He lives alone with his turtle, Squirt, and they play Cranium every Thursday night. Michael always wins.


Ryan is a picture/sound editor. You can see some of his work over at Scruffy.TV as well as two documentaries in progress, We Breathe Again and American Communion. When he isn’t editing, Ryan enjoys watching films with his canine and feline sons, Ewan and Figaro. He becomes frustrated when they choose to screen Glee over Godard.

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