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Prepare to enter a ghostly time warp of madness and murder in The Shining. This thriller tells the story of Jack Torrance, a writer and unemployed teacher who signs on as winter caretaker at an isolated Colorado hotel. Hoping that the arrangement will cure his writer's block and help repair his family life, Jack settles in with his wife and son, who is soon tormented by psychic premonitions. As Jack’s writing goes nowhere and his son’s visions become more and more disturbing, the man begins to unravel into a homicidal maniac bent on scaring his family to death.
Stephen King got the idea for the original story during a family vacation at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado.
Jack Nicholson ad-libbed the infamous movie line, “Heeere’s Johnny!”
Six-year-old Danny Lloyd was so protected during filming that he didn’t realize he was making a horror movie. He didn’t see the uncut version of the film until 11 years after it was made.
The snowy maze at the end of the film was made using 900 tons of salt and crushed Styrofoam.
The Shining was one of the first movies to be filmed using the Steadicam (a camera stabilizer invented by Garrett Brown).
A Modern Masterpiece of Terror
- Based on the novel by horror master Stephen King
- Directed by the visionary filmmaker Stanley Kubrick
- 142 minutes of nail-biting, eye-covering suspense
- Digitally restored and remastered
- Available on DVD and Blu-ray
Meet the Cast
Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson)
A caretaker at an old hotel, Jack is slowly but surely possessed by a supernatural force that drives him to destroy the ones he loves most.
Wendy Torrance (Shelley Duvall)
As she watches her husband become more and more deranged, Wendy is determined to do whatever it takes to save herself and her son from the madness.
Danny Torrance (Danny Lloyd)
The Torrances only child, Danny has been gifted with telepathic abilities and can sense supernatural forces. Can he use “the shining” to escape the evil?
Dick Hallorann (Scatman Crothers)
Hallorann is the head chef at the Overlook Hotel. When he first meets Danny, the man recognizes the boy’s psychic powers, because he is equally gifted.
Writer and former teacher Jack Torrance signs on as caretaker for a hotel with a long, violent past -- a past that puts everyone in the hotel in a precarious situation. As Jack slowly grows more violent and angry about his life, his son Danny tries to use a special talent called the shining to warn people outside about what's happening at the hotel. Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall and Danny Lloyd star in this classic horror movie written by Stephen King and directed by Stanley Kubrick.
Ostensibly a haunted house story, it manages to traverse a complex world of incipient madness, spectral murder and supernatural visions ... and also makes you jump. --Empire, Ian Nathan
But there is no way, within the film, to be sure with any confidence exactly what happens, or precisely how, or really why. Kubrick delivers this uncertainty in a film where the actors themselves vibrate with unease. --Chicago Sun-Times, Roger Ebert
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I listened to an interview with Dan Brown, author of 'The Da Vinvi Code' on NPR a few years ago. He talked about His book being made into a film. He said his book had 125 points. In the film they were reduced to 4. He wasn't upset. Movies are a different media with more limitations than print. He felt that if the audience enjoyed the film it might attract more people to read his book(s). All of that applies here.
The photography is beautiful. The music is truly creepy, The overlook hotel is perfect. Nicholson is great. Shelly Duval's performance is perfect. My first reaction all those years ago was too hasty and wrong. As horror films today go, this one is excellent.
***TEASER: The father's son, Daniel, possess a gift called "Shining" which means his is able to speak to people without ever moving his lips. It's basically an old fashioned word for telepathy. But unfortunately, throughout the movie, he "shines" with the wrong people. I won't give anything else away because then it will reveal too much about what happens in the movie, so just go watch it.
The Shining is well worth your time.