I get so excited going through my stack of movies that I don’t know what to watch next! Tonight’s film is the 1980, Stanley Kubrick adaptation of Stephen King’s The Shining. This is another one where the book is absolutely terrifying and this film is only loosely based on the book, in my opinion. Fun fact, I have stayed at The Stanley (Hotel) in Estes Park, Colorado where much of the filming was done – it was my macabre desire as child to be wed there but this has not panned out yet. Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson), his wife Wendy (Shelley Duvall) and their young son Danny arrive at Overlook Hotel after Jack is hired on as the winter caretaker. The hotel is often snowed in and closes from October-May, the summer staff departs for the year leaving the new winter caretaker and his family alone. Jack is an aspiring writer and recovering alcoholic who thinks that the solitude of their new surroundings will help him to write his novel. The family is warned that the former winter caretaker went nuts and murdered his entire family. Unperturbed, the family settles in anyway. Danny possesses the shining, a telepathic ability which causes him to see terrible things including the two deceased daughters of the former caretaker. A string of events furthers the rift in Jack and Wendy’s marriage and he eventually falls off the wagon and snaps.
To this day, there are parts of this movie that I look away from (queue decaying old lady in the tub) because they are just too creepy even though I have seen it at least 100 times. The grandeur of the historic hotel set in the vastness of the Rocky Mountains creates a perfect atmosphere for the terrifying events that occur. I could take or leave Shelley Duvall in this role, I just don’t really like her but cannot really think of another actress to play Wendy either. It’s a classic and definitely one of Jack Nicholson’s best roles!
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