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‘Also Sprach Zarathustr’ in 2001: A Space Odyssey
Let’s face it – the whole opening scene in Kubrick’s intergalactic epic looms large over pretty much every film trying to use classical music to help create a sense of scale, though directors such as Paul Thomas Anderson and Frank Darabont have admitted that they were inspired by Kubrick’s use antiquated music in a futuristic or contemporary context, in There Will Be Blood and The Shawshank Redemption, respectively.
The “Me So Horny” scene in Full Metal Jacket
In Kubrick’s brilliant, brutal take on the Vietnam War, two soldiers run into a Vietnamese sex worker (played by Papillon Soo Soo) who tries to seduce them in broken English. It’s hardly the most sensitive scene in the film and played for laughs, but her memorably-delivered line – “me so horny” – is firmly etched into rap culture; it was lifted and sampled in both 2 Live Crew’s song of the same name and, yes, Sir Mix-A-Lot’s "Baby Got Back".
The bloody elevator in The Shining
When the elevators in the Overlook Hotel open to gush rivers of blood. Parodied everywhere from American Horror Story: Hotel to Bob’s Burgers, the most recent homage is in Beyoncé’s Lemonade. Look out for the scene in "Hold Up" where water streams from the doors of New York’s Public Library – and how Bey herself turns into a wood-wielding avenger with a crazed glint in her eye a la Jack Torrance.