Directed by Stanley Kubrick. US. 1980. R. 2 hours 26 minutes. Warner. Digital.
Fri., December 1, 2017
Martin Scorsese calls it one of the scariest movies ever made. Stephen King declares it an abomination of his book. No matter which side of the hedge maze you fall on, everyone can agree that Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of The Shining is visually stunning, tremendously creepy and not quickly forgotten. Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson), an out-of-work teacher and alcoholic, takes a job as the winter caretaker at a remote mountain resort in the hopes of putting his failing family life back together and writing the great American novel. Jack’s wife Wendy (Shelley Duvall) is hopeful about this new opportunity but their son Danny (Danny Lloyd) is bothered by disturbing visions of his family’s future – and the hotel’s past. As the winter drags on and isolation mounts, Jack starts to fall victim to the hotel’s sinister powers – and Danny begins to hone his telepathic gifts.