Pop quiz: who are the spookiest identical twins in history? That's right, these folks. My god, the hair ... the necklaces ... the PANTS. I can't even look at that image anymore! MY EYEESSSSS okay I'm kidding. Obviously the only correct answer is the Grady twins, from Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, who uttered the iconic line, "Come and play with us, Danny. Forever ... and ever ... and ever" and thus became recurring characters in our collective nightmares every single year since the movie aired in 1980.
If you, like me, have a special traumatized area of your brain where the Grady twins live -- right next to the elevator of blood, two floors down from the dead woman in the bathtub in room 237 -- you may find it therapeutic to see what the twins look like now. They've made it easy to do so, because they're on Twitter.
Yes. The Shining twins are on Twitter. What a world, what a world.
The real-life twins are named Lisa and Louise Burns, and apparently they never did return to acting after scaring the bejesus out of everyone in The Shining. Lisa went on to earn a degree in literature, and Louise became a microbiologist.
The Burns sisters, who were 12 when they appeared in The Shining, are now 46, and they recently attended the 50th anniversary screening of Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove. The British Film Institute tweeted a photo of them while linking to the twins' own Twitter account.
Aw, they look great, don't they? And isn't it a strange relief to see them all grown up and healthy and not haunting our subconscious? Their account is titled, appropriately enough, @Shining_twins, and it appears they have a good sense of humor about their spooky reputation:
Oh, and here's a piece of Shining trivia for you: the fictional Grady sisters weren't actually supposed to be identical twins -- they were supposed to be 8 and 10. Who knew? Maybe we were too distracted by all the ... um, other stuff to notice what their ages were supposed to be.
Are you a Shining fan? Isn't it cool to see what the twins look like now?
Images via Warner Bros, Twitter