The Shining is often regarded as one of the “greatest horror films of all time.” Much like Citizen Kane, The Shining had to earn that acclaim over time. Late great director Stanley Kubrick is considered to be one of the “greatest directors of all time.” With the masterful dedication that he put into every film he made. Which makes it even harder to believe that it was nominated for two Razzie Awards. One for Worst Director and the other for Worst Actress Shelley Duvall. What were they thinking? Now as I’m sure you’re aware, The Shining is one of many movies adapted from a novel by horror legend Stephen King (who also didn’t like the movie). I’ve seen many Stephen King movies, and this one is a true stand out. The main reason Stephen King didn’t like it was because of how drastically different it was to his book. Like how Jack Nicholson is someone you’d expect to go psycho or Shelley Duvall falling apart easily. I understand not wanting your vision messed with, but Kubrick’s direction is some of his best. Even if it did cost most of the cast (Duvall specifically) their sanity…

The Shining

“Here’s Johnny”

The Shining is about a writer named Jack Torrence who agrees to look after the Overlook Hotel along with his wife Wendy and son Danny. The Overlook is an enormous hotel with many empty rooms (including room 237) and a hedge maze. Wendy is a bit of an emotional wreck and Danny talks to his imaginary friend Tony through his finger. The title refers to an ability Danny posses which allows him to read minds. Danny and the kindly cook Mr. Hallorann are both able to “shine.” Things take a dark turn when Jack takes a slow descent into madness. Leading him to go on an axe wielding rampage against his family. The Shining is a very creepy and disturbing horror movie. One that takes time to establish its sense of dread. Even in scenes where Danny is just riding his tricycle through the hotel. Most people will recognise famous quotes such as “come play with us” said by the twins, the improvised “here’s Johnny,” and “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” As well as scenes like the blood in the elevator, the woman in the bathtub, REⱭЯUM, or the snowy maze run. All of which have gone down in horror history. Like many movies or TV shows, I was first introduced to the story through The Simpsons. After seeing the actual movie, I would say it was a pay off. The Shining is definitely one of the best offerings in the horror genre.

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“Come play with us, Danny”

Followed by: Doctor Sleep

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