The Shining (1980)

the-shining-1980Directed By: Stanley Kubrick

Synopsis: A family drives to Colorado after the patriarch Jack Torrance, played by the incomparable Jack Nicholson, takes a position as winter caretaker for the Overlook Hotel. Jack and his wife Shelley, played by Shelley Duvall, and their son Danny, played by Danny Lloyd, happily accept the position, although the management warn about the last caretaker who developed cabin fever and killed his whole family. The hotel chef Mr. Hallorann, played by the multi-talented Scatman Crothers, figures out that he and Danny share the ability to communicate via ESP. Shortly after, the hotel vacates of everyone except the Torrances’, and they soon get into the routine of everyday life. Once winter hits and the blizzards set in, we come to realize how alone this family really is, and the Overlook’s dark past, as well as it’s other residents, start to make their presence known.

Review: This is definitely one of Kubrick’s finest films, and although it is different from the Stephen King book of the same name, it is a worthy version. This film does have violence and themes of the supernatural, so if you are scared easily then I recommend watching it with loved ones. The Shining is horror and suspense at it’s finest.


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