69. Freezing to death in a hedge maze
As Seen In: The Shining (1980)
In his adaptation of Stephen King's novel The Shining, Stanley Kubrick makes a big deal out of the labyrinthine hedge maze that neighbors the malevolent Overlook Hotel. There are two sequence where Wendy Torrance (Shelley Duvall) and her young son, Danny (Danny Lloyd), playfully stroll through it, one of which is creeped out by the mentally fractured Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson), who ominously watches them by leering at a model of the maze that's inside the hotel.
Kubrick's fixation on the topiary construction pays off during The Shining's climax. Jack, having utterly lost his mind, chases his son through the maze, but the little guy is smarter than his dad. Danny starts leaving backward footprints to confuse Pops, and when the kid safely exits the maze, Jack is left trapped without a clue as to how to get out. It's the dead of winter, and Jack won't make it through the night.