KNULF, KNULF: Professor Bans Students From Mentioning “The Shining” In Class

imagesdanny-lloyd-adultAll professors have a pet peeve that can produce stern warning or even requests to leave a classroom. However, Professor Danny Lloyd may have the most unique. In his anatomy and physiology class at a community college, he will flunk anyone who asks about Stanley Kubricks “The Shining.” It turns out that Lloyd played the creepy kid, Danny Torrence, in the movie.

I just ran across this story. I suppose it does get old to be asked over and over again. However, he was a great little actor in the cult classic.

Lloyd taught in Elizabethtown, Kentucky and is now teaching in Missouri at Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley.

I am delighted that Lloyd has pursued a science teaching career. He obviously has brains to match his talents.

It also appears that he has become a bit more expansive in his speech since his troubled youth . . .

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32 thoughts on “KNULF, KNULF: Professor Bans Students From Mentioning “The Shining” In Class

  1. “All professors have a pet peeve that can produce stern warning or even requests to leave a classroom. … In his anatomy and physiology class at a community college, he will flunk anyone who asks about Stanley Kubricks ‘The Shining.'”


    Seems the very definition of “arbitrary and capricious.”

  2. If Mr/Dr Lloyd fails a student for just mentioning “The Shining”, I’m pretty sure that student will have a good basis for a grievance or a lawsuit. The pettiness of some people in the teaching business has always annoyed me.

  3. raff/mespo,

    I think the question is actual action versus threat of action. Students can be very obnoxious with such a factoid at their disposal and generally disruptive of class, but I dare them to try to say “medulla oblongata” backwards and expect a good grade. Still, in a teaching environment, some sense of order must be maintained. That being said, inoculation seems like a better strategy: discuss “The Shining” on the first day of class, indulge all the questions he’s doubtlessly heard thousands of times before, and at the close of that class announce that there will be no more questions about it or – he won’t flunk them – but he will dock a letter grade for distracting the class with it from that day forward.

    Just a suggestion.

  4. So, if he tossed me from his class could I get back in his good graces by showing up every day in a sheet as if I were a ghost, or is that too obscure outside of legal movies?

  5. It matters crucially whether Lloyd humorlessly articulated the policy in all seriousness, or whether he was exaggerating in order to make a serious point.

  6. I watched the video before I clicked on your post. My thought was that just hearing red rum in that annoying voice for a minute was enough to drive someone else to murder. Dr. Lloyd is probably being facetious. He teaches in a college in my town. I might have to drop by and find out.

    Last summer, I visited The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, the history of which inspired “The Shining.” The hotel makes a big deal about ghosts and being haunted, but the most frightening things about the place were the prices or rooms and meals in the restaurant. It is a lovely place, though.

  7. A former colleague of yours at Tulane was rumored to have gone to high school with Elvis. In his common law property class, we maneuvered “Black Acre” into being “Graceland” in every hypothetical until one day the professor admitted he had indeed gone to high school with the rock and roller. In his wonderful Mississippi lilt he added, “And he was the biggest damned fool I ever met in my life.” Graceland changed its name back to Black Acre that day.

  8. What Gene said.

    Maybe just wait until it actually came out then have the innoculation, maybe after a few years fewer and fewer people will remember.

    Curse of the child actors I guess. I can understand how it might be irritating to this professor though.

  9. I am not a scary movie fan and do my best to avoid them but sometimes the titles sucker me in

    “The Shinning” scared the living daylights out of me and turned me off of King forever. I know, I know but come on … I saw it at a drive-in, a place of creepy shadows and plaintive train whistles (a train track ran along side of the outdoor theater). If Lloyd gets sued by one of his students, he wants me on his jury.

    A close second to The Shinning is Clint Eastwood’s first foray into full length movie direction, “Play Misty for Me” … such a pretty title. It took me about 10 years to recover from that one before I was suckered by the title, “The Shinning”.

    Then there was that T.V. movie, “Duel”, starring good ol’ lovable Chester from Gunsmoke, Dennis Weaver, and directed by a very young Steven Spielberg … suckered again.

    Okay, nightmares tonight.

  10. “Play Misty for Me” … such a pretty title. It took me about 10 years to recover from that one” -Blouise

    I’m with you, Blouise… Its effects lingered, to be sure.

  11. I started to watch the video but didn’t last a minute. I watched all the Hitchcock movies but would get nightmares unless I stayed to the end.

    Lots of questions about how the comment came about. Intro on first day? Attempt to end distractions after several comments? Serious or facetious? Maybe he just prefers to talk about body parts.

  12. ap,

    If it was the same for you as it was for me then one has to feel a bit of sympathy for our partners. ;)

    I’m not trying to OT the thread … just trying to illustrate why the prof has my support. Our motivation is certainly different but the end result is the same … don’t mention “The Shinning”.

  13. ap,

    If it was the same for you as it was for me then one has to feel a bit of sympathy for our partners. ;)

    lol, blouise. an excellent insight.

    With regard to “The Shining”, the book had a greater impact on me than the movie, which I found amusing rather than frightening. The casting, in general, was wrong, IMO, with the exception of “Lloyd” perhaps.

    (Blouise, “The Shinning”? Am I missing something or was that a typo? ;-) )

  14. ap,

    typo … another example of how stressed I get

    My whole family are King fans … they treat his books like gold and loan them to each other for re-reading. When the grandkids get started talking about the plot of this book or that, all the generations get involved … except me. Almost everyone of them has expressed a similar opinion of The Shining book/movie as yours.

    I just sit quietly in the corner and shiver.

  15. “I just sit quietly in the corner and shiver.”

    lol, again. Thanks. Not laughing much these days…

    (“Stand by Me” is one of my favorites (both the novella (“The Body”) and movie)… and, though I hate to admit it, “Cujo” helped me through a respiratory infection many decades ago. Maybe it was all of Cujo’s “frothing” that made my problems pale… Okay, enough about King.)

  16. Blouise, did you ever see the 1960s movie The Haunting with Julie Harris and Claire Bloom? That was a scary one–without any blood and guts or special effects.

  17. Elaine,

    Was that the one about Hill House? If it was then all my friends talked about it but I didn’t see it. I was a freshman in college at that point and remember turning down a date who wanted to take me to that movie. I am really a wuss when it comes to scary movies in any genre.

  18. Prof Lloyd: Wendy(curious student/fan), let me explain something to you. Whenever you come in here and interrupt me, you’re breaking my concentration. You’re distracting me. And it will then take me time to get back to where I was. You understand?

    Wendy : Yeah.

    Prof Lloyd: Now, we’re going to make a new rule. When you come in here and you hear me teaching…

    Prof Lloyd: or whether you DON’T hear me teaching, or whatever the FOCK you hear me doing; when I’m in here, it means that I am working, THAT means don’t come in. Now, do you think you can handle that?

    Wendy : Yeah.

    Prof Lloyd: Good. Now why don’t you start right now and get the fock out of here? Hm?


    Delbert Grady: I’m sorry to differ with you sir, but YOU are the anatomy professor. You’ve always been the anatomy professor. I should know sir.: I’ve always been here.

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