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The Shining 1980

  • Stanley Kubrick
  • May 22, 1980
  • 144 mins
  • English
  • Horror, Thriller
A masterpiece of modern horror.
Jack Torrance accepts a caretaker job at the Overlook Hotel, where he, along with his wife Wendy and their son Danny, must live isolated from the rest of the world for the winter. But they aren't prepared for the madness that lurks within.


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There are entire websites, books, TV shows & even other films dedicated to deciphering Kubrick’s masterpiece so my few paragraphs don’t have much extra to offer. The fact that it has sparked more conjecture and theorising than almost any other film probably says enough about what a fascinating puzzle The Shining is.

I’m not a horror buff at all but something about the mysterious plot and the eerie pacing sucker me in every time. Very few films stick in your mind shot for shot quite like this one. Like the rest of Kubrick’s work it’s timeless and always reveals something new with every viewing. This time I noticed that Wendy never actually gets hurt despite Jack coming at her with an axe. Spoooooky.


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Suspenseful and terrorific, it's a superb expression of the descent into madness of a man haunted by his problems. Sheley Duvall performance is the weak link of the chain, IMHO, since her hysterical fits don't seem to correspond to her resourcefulness.

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