Stanley Kubrick’s psychological horror masterpiece is hypnotic, eerie and truly frightening. This visually astounding film, which made abundant use of the then revolutionary Steadicam, stars a top-of-his-game Jack Nicholson in his most famous role.
The Shining is full of ambiguities which on repeat viewings are still not fully explainable. This dubiety only adds to the aura of this classic movie. The screenplay is based on Stephen King’s novel, but differs in many ways. By distilling the novel down to its basic narrative line, Kubrick left out much of King’s explanations, thus creating the film’s mysteries and adding to the sense of unease and dread.
As always, we recommend you don’t ruin any surprises by reading spoilers. However, there is no harm in watching this original trailer:
Title: The Shining
Direction: Stanley Kubrick
Screenplay: Stanley Kubrick, Diane Johnson
Cinematography: John Alcott
Editing: Ray Lovejoy
Score: Wendy Carlos, Rachel Elkind
Stars: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, Scatman Crothers, Barry Nelson, Joe Turkel, Philip Stone