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This is not the extended version with never-before-seen footage. Beautiful locations. The creepiest music ever made for a film guaranteed to give you goosebumps. Only Jack Nicholson could play this part so convincingly. Scatman Crothers was known at the time as a regular on the NBC tv series "Chico And The Man" and further back Los Angeles knew him on KTLA Channel 5. Shelley DuVall is also perfectly cast. You never suspect anything could happen to her or should I say shouldn't happen to her. Very effective piece of drama-horror. Best realistic indoor hotel sets I've ever seen. This film is not for children. ADULTS ONLY! Yes! This is the film you see in the drive-in scenes in the film TWISTER. DVD includes "Making The Shining" documentary. it is 35 minutes long. You can watch the documentary straight or with new Audio Commentary by Vivian Kubrick. Film shown in Full Screen.
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Stephen King has inspired two kinds of movie adaptations -- the ones that are brain-meltingly bad ("Dreamcatcher") and the ones that are considered quite good ("Misery," "The Shawshank Redemption").
"The Shining" is often considered to be the best adaptation of King's works ever, primarily because it was directed by Stanley Kubrick. However... it's actually a pretty terrible adaptation. A very chilling horror movie -- if excessively slow for the first four-fifths -- but it has little in common with King's story. Also, a good man turning evil is less suspenseful when he's played by Jack Nicholson.
Teacher-turned-writer Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) accepts a job as the caretaker of the Overlook Hotel, a luxury mountain resort. He figures that since the Overlook is completely cut off by snowfall in the winter months, it would be the perfect time for him to get some writing done. His wife Wendy (Shelley Duvall) is eager to stay at the overlook. but his young son Danny (Danny Lloyd) is having premonitions about the Overlook.
Why? According to the chef Dick Hallorann (Scatman Crothers), he has the "shining," which is basically any psychic abilities that the plot should demand. Unless you're an African-American man, in which case they will go on the fritz just so you can die. Movie cliches must be maintained!
At first, the Torrance family seems to be enjoying themselves -- Jack has plenty of time to write, and Wendy and Danny are able to explore the giant hotel and hedge maze. But Danny keeps seeing disturbing visions of creepy twins, "redrum" and rivers of blood. And Jack is quickly falling into the sway of the Overlook, becoming more violent and vicious towards his wife and son...
One thing to keep in mind about "The Shining" is that... well, it's a TERRIBLE adaptation. Had this movie been made by Joe Director instead of the great Stanley Kubrick, it would probably have been despised for how much of the original novel was discarded -- in particular, how much of the supernatural elements were cut out completely... just so Kubrick could insert his OWN supernatural elements.
It feels like Kubrick liked a one-sentence summary of the movie ("Writer stays in a haunted hotel with his family, goes insane and tries to kill them"), but had contempt for the original story (presumably because it's mere pulp horror). This gives "The Shining" a peculiar unevennness -- some parts are pure King, others are pure Kubrick.
Taken purely on its own merits, "The Shining" is an excellent psychological thriller -- lots of icy, eerie atmosphere, with pale light and cold, echoing rooms. Kubrick fills every scene with a feeling of tension building just under the surface until it erupts into blood and screams. The story is rather slow-moving until the ax-swinging climax, but Torrance's legendary rampage is definitely worth seeing.
However, the casting of Jack Nicholson was a mistake. Jack Torrance starts as an ordinary man, but is slowly devoured from within by his demons and resentments. The problem is... Nicholson already looks evil. He ALWAYS looks evil. He is incapable of NOT looking evil. So when he is turned into a sinister cackling lunatic by the Overlook, it doesn't really feel like much has actually changed.
The rest of the cast is pretty solid, though -- Duvall gives a fluttering, weepy performance here, but she does give the impression that Wendy has some guts. Lloyd gives a decent performance as Danny, and Crothers is waaaaayyy underused as the kindly psychic chef... who inexplicably can't see Jack coming. I still don't understand that.
"The Shining" is a very good psychological thriller on its own, but ends up feeling uneven and weird because of the bizarrely unfaithful way it was adapted. Very creepy, but a really bad adaptation.
A brilliant movie loosely based on a brilliant book. I think people have the controversy all wrong. It doesn't have to be one or the other. You CAN have your cake and eat it too. What you have here is a superb edge of your recliner movie and on top of that you can get an exquisite/terrifying horror novel that grabs you on the first page and doesn't let you go until the last. That's when you wish this was one of King's thousand page jobbies. Get 'em both. Enjoy 'em both.