The Shining (1980)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB

United Kingdom, 1980, , , .  Screenplay by Stanley Kubrick, , based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by Stanley Kubrick.  Music by , .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .

Stanley Kubrick turns to the horror genre for this very scary but somewhat overlong film, a liberal adaptation of the novel by Stephen King.  Jack Nicholson and move to a remote winter inn with their young son to act as guardians of the place during its off season when tourists are no longer visiting. Enjoying the space and relative comfort of the establishment, Duvall is disturbed when she realizes that both her husband and son are starting to act a little weird:  the boy is being bothered by visions of strange inhabitants, while Nicholson is being taken over by the restless spirit that haunts the inn. Despite a ridiculous story, the film is immensely entertaining thanks to Kubrick’s uncanny sense of time and space and Nicholson’s deliciously zany performance. Duvall does a great job of being scared out of her wits, especially in the famous scene that turned the line ‘Heeeeere’s Johnny!’ into something sinister.

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