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The Shining 1997

  • Mick Garris
  • May 23, 1997
  • 273 mins
  • English
  • Drama, Horror, Thriller
110 empty hotel rooms - filled with horror!
Television adaptation of Stephen King novel that follows a recovering alcoholic professor. He ends up taking a job as a winter caretaker for a remote Colorado hotel which he seeks as an opportunity to finish a piece of work. With his wife and son with him, the caretaker settles in, only to see visions of the hotel's long deceased employees and guests. With evil intentions, they manipulate him into his dark side which takes a toll on he and his family.


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Besides Jack Nicholson not starring in this version of Stephen King's book's adaption, this version is superior to Stanley Cubrick's one IMHO: it is scarier, it keeps closer to the book (which is a good thing) and it does not have an aweful cast (with the exception of Jack Nicholson missing, did I metion that already? ;-))!

However, there are certain things I did not like about it: the special effects of the animated topiary animals are just laughable! Why do them at all if they look that crappy? Some of the dialogues are laughable, too, espcially towards the ending. And it somehow just takes to long without build up much suspense. The ending is somewhat anti-climatic IMHO and I do not get whe King (who wrote the screen play) opted for that?!

All in all I would say it is a mediocre movie that has some really good moments in the middle part. Probably never going to watch it again and would recommend to read the book over watching this movie. However, if you have to watch a Shining movies I would recommend you to pick this one instead of Cubrick's!

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