The Shining

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"A masterpiece of modern horror."
  • R
  • 1980
  • 2 hr 26 min
  • 8.4  (1,103,358)
  • 66

In Stanley Kubrick's 1980 film adaptation of Stephen King's novel, The Shining, Jack Nicholson plays the role of Jack Torrance, a former teacher who takes up a job as a caretaker for the remote Overlook Hotel. Jack's wife, Wendy (Shelley Duvall), and son, Danny (Danny Lloyd), accompany him to the hotel, which has a notorious history of violence and murder. However, Jack is undeterred, viewing the solitude and quietness of the hotel as an opportunity to focus on his writing. Danny, who possesses psychic abilities and can see the hotel's gruesome past, is apprehensive about staying at the hotel.

As the family settles in, strange occurrences begin to happen. Danny experiences terrifying visions and warns his father about the impending danger lurking in the hotel. Jack, on the other hand, becomes increasingly unhinged, and his obsession with the hotel's past consumes him, leading him to descend into madness.

Throughout the film, Kubrick masterfully creates an unnerving atmosphere with his use of eerie music, hallways that lead to nowhere, and the constant isolation of the characters. The all-star cast delivers outstanding performances, with Jack Nicholson's portrayal of Jack Torrance being one of the most iconic performances in the history of cinema. Shelley Duvall's portrayal of Wendy as a character stricken with fear and anxiety is also commendable.

Despite King's objections to Kubrick's interpretation of his novel, The Shining is a triumph of psychological horror, delving into themes of isolation, madness, and the supernatural.

Overall, The Shining is a must-watch for any horror fan or cinephile, providing an enthralling viewing experience that will leave you on the edge of your seat until the end.

In conclusion, The Shining is a thrilling and unsettling horror movie that is considered a classic of the genre, with stunning performances from the entire cast and excellent direction from Kubrick.

The Shining is a 1980 horror movie with a runtime of 2 hours and 26 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 8.4 and a MetaScore of 66.

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    8.4  (1,103,358)
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