The Morning GIF: Jack Nicholson’s creepy stare

Here at the Daily Dot, we swap GIF images with each other every morning. Now we’re looping you in. In the Morning GIF, we feature a popular—or just plain cool—GIF we found on Reddit, Canvas, or elsewhere on the Internet.

In all art forms, there are certain eternal touchstones: in poetry, the star-crossed lovers; in music, the majesty of a thunderstorm; in drama, the wise fool.

In the GIF, it’s the creepy stare.

It’s a genre we’ve covered previously, when we featured Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s apparent Asperger’s look. That GIF has been viewed approximately 85,000 times so far, and it still hasn’t hurt his reputation, judging by the recent valuations for Facebook.

No one has ever mastered the creepy stare quite like Jack Nicholson in The Shining. It’s true what one blogger said: This movie simply has the best GIFs.

Nicholson could bring danger to the least likely occasions. That he specialized in creeps somehow only added to his attractiveness over the years. This GIF has 14,588 notes so far from appreciative fans.

Lorraine Murphy

Lorraine Murphy

Lorraine Murphy is an Ottawa-based cybersecurity journalist and founding editor of the Cryptosphere. She has a keen interest in WikiLeaks and web culture, and her bylines have appeared in Salon, Vanity Fair, Serious Eats, and elsewhere.