Official poster of the The Shining movie

The Shining

Official poster of the The Shining movie

The Shining (1980)

R 144 min - Horror, Thriller - 22 May 1980
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Jack Torrance accepts a caretaker job at the Overlook Hotel, where he, along with his wife Wendy and their son Danny, must live isolated from the rest of the world for the winter. But they aren't prepared for the madness that lurks within.

Director:  Stanley Kubrick

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Jack Torrance accepts a caretaker job at the Overlook Hotel, where he, along with his wife Wendy and their son Danny, must live isolated from the rest of the world for the winter. But they aren't prepared for the madness that lurks within.


Collections: Stanley Kubrick

Tagline: A masterpiece of modern horror.

Genres: Horror, Thriller

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Country:   United Kingdom
Language:  English
Release Date:  22 May 1980

Box Office

Budget:  $19,000,000
Revenue:  $44,017,374

Company Credits

Production Companies:  Hawk Films, Producers Circle, Warner Bros., Peregrine

Technical Specs

Runtime:  2 h 24 min

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Official poster of the The Shining movie
Official poster of the The Shining movie

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The Shining became the benchmark of horror upon it’s release in 1980. The director Stanley Kubrick created a timeless feature which has immersed generations of us in a tale of psychological terror. The Shining is a truly chilling and isolating tale it possesses the ability to tap into our innate fears. Jack Torrance is excellently portrayed by Jack Nicholson as a struggling writer, who sees the perfect opportunity to look after his family, and attempt to alleviate his writer’s block by agreeing to become the housekeeper of a cold isolating hotel in Colorado.

With wife Wendy and stereo-typically creepy child Danny in tow, they settle in for an isolating winter. The cracks quickly begin to show, as Jack seems to be on a knife edge of insanity before the surreal apparitions even begin, tormented by his demons, he fails to notice his child making peace with the ghostly apparitions, as the family helplessly meander down the long cold corridors, upon the blood red floors you start to feel sick with dread. It’s not quite clear, whether Jack is tormented by his own demons, or haunted by the ghosts of the hotel, but it isn’t long before you see Jack’s psychosis emerge, as he confronts his family in an episode of full blown mania which drives him to take care of his family, just not in the way he originally intended.

The shining is sure to make you feel like you’re trapped alongside the Torrance family, in a malevolent nightmare that you would sooner wake up from. It is no wonder how this film’s cult status still remains today. As with all genre defining films The Shining was snubbed at the box office for being too ahead of the times, however it will always remain treasured as one of the greatest films of all times. Kubrick showcased a dedication to horror with his excessive directing methods which drove the actors to the point of hysteria during filming, inducing genuine tears from Wendy who he routinely drove to tears for the perfect performance.

Stephen King‘s original novel report that Stanley Kubrick dumped many plot elements and adapted the rest to his uses. Kubrick is telling a story with ghosts, but it isn’t a “ghost story!

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Sources: stephenking.comrogerebert.com

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