The Shining

The Shining

DVD - 2001
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A young boy and his parents spend the winter in a resort hotel which is possessed by ghosts.
Publisher: Burbank, Calif. : Warner Home Video, [2001]
ISBN: 9780790760056
0790760053
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (142 min.) :,sd., col. ;,12 cm.
Alternative Title: Stanley Kubrick's The shining

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VonHafenstaaad
Jul 12, 2017

Stanley Kubrick has made a movie that will have to be reckoned with on the highest level. The movie is not about ghosts but about madness and the energies it sets loose in an isolated situation primed to magnify them. One of the best scary movies ever made, one of the best scary movies even imaginable.

SaraLovesBooks May 15, 2017

I do not understand why this movie is considered one of the best horror films ever made. It's boring! The characters are caricatures, base templates that are a far cry from who they are in the novel. Jack Nicholson is not a man who loves his family but is tormented by demons, both inside and out; he is already an abusive father and possibly husband. I never believed that he loved his family or truly cared about them, which really destroys the tension of the story for me. Shelley Duvall's performance as Wendy was even worse, through no fault of hers. Stanley Kubrick made her perform as a stereotypical weak female victim, which is the exact opposite of who Wendy was in the book. It was misogynist and cruel.

On the pro side, Kubrick's exacting standards to the technical side, especially in regards to the sound and the cinematography were amazing. Here is where the movie does deserve its praise. However, for me, if the story and characters aren't there, all the cinematic wizadry in the world can't save a film, as it can't here.

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Calvacade
May 05, 2017

The Shining met the fate of several other Stanley Kubrick films when it came out; most viewers did not like it, so they rejected it. Most importantly, they did not understand it in any way which allowed them to deal with it constructively. Also, the criticism it received did not clarify the film. It remained obscure and confusing to its viewers.
It failed with most viewers for two basic reasons. It was not the same as Stephen King's novel, and it was not terrifying in the conventional way a horror film is supposed to be. So lacking the model of the novel or the conventional horror genre, viewers became disconcerted.
The Shining is a Stanley Kubrick film, satiric and abstract.
The Shining is a difficult film to fathom. But if we are willing, Kubrick gives us a wealth of material to see and to contemplate. Kubrick's style should be enough to set us on our way. His marvelous tracking shots, his intricate details (e.g., the maze designs), and his color schemes can be tantalizing. With the added awareness that banality, aggression, objects, ordinary characters, and satire often play meaningful parts in a Kubrick film, we should be able to deal with it.

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TheSandoz
May 05, 2017

Stanley Kubrick's brilliant adaptation of Stephen King's novel about a frustrated writer forced to take the job as caretaker at a remote hotel consumed with evil. Outstanding performances by Jack Nicholson and the rest of a top notch cast add to the eerie premise created by Kubrick's use of lighting,colors, foreshadowing, music, and attention to the slightest details. This film is by all means "A masterpiece of modern horror."

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XGirl
Jan 22, 2017

Well, darlings - This movie? Blech! Absolutely awful! Nicholson, Duvall, the kid - All terrible.

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pemberely
Oct 06, 2016

Like, absolute garbage.
I won't even give it a rating.
There is a version that was made in 1997 in which STEPHEN KING HIMSELF wrote the screenplay. It follows the book he wrote. But it doesn't look like it's in the hpl online directory anymore. FOR THOSE WHO DETESTED STANLEY KUBRICK'S FILM, WATCH THIS ONE.

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Mister_AKA
Aug 24, 2016

Ho-Hum!.... If you ask me - I thought that Kubrick's "The Shining" was total "Redrum" humdrum, from start to finish.

My argument is this - I cannot believe that a hotel (which obviously housed so many mean and malevolent spirits within its walls) wouldn't have had endless complaints from its guests in regards to being terrorized by these ghastly ghostly-ones.

But it wasn't until the hotel had been completely cleared of its guests and the Torrance family were its only "living" occupants that these wicked-minded ghosts came out of their closets.

Some say that it was young Danny Torrance's "shining" that somehow opened up the portal to this ghostly netherland. But, of course, that angle makes no sense since the hotel's clairvoyant cook, Halloran, had been an employee at the Overlook for years and, yet, his presence and his "shining" never affected an all-out haunting.

Nope. With all of that in mind - This super-dumb horror movie only deserves a 1-star rating from me.

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ManMachine
Aug 21, 2016

Yawn! - Like, Hello!? - Was this so-called "horror" movie really supposed to be scary?? Was it!?

In my opinion The Shining's dud-factor clearly comes from the obvious flaw in Stanley Kubrick's directorial abilities. That's right.... Put plainly, Kubrick just did not understand the genre of horror. 'Cause if he had, then The Shining would have been a brilliant classic of modern-day horror. And it wasn't.

It didn't help matters much that actor Jack Nicholson was cast in the lead role. Like some sort of demented comedian, Nicholson went right off the wall at near warp-speed and this, alone, spoiled the element of suspense and terror completely.

Yes. The Shining did deliver some mighty eerie moments, but the overall effect of horror was, ultimately, a pretty dismal one..... If you ask me I'd say that this film was one of the dullest "shinings" that I've ever seen.... Yep. A very forgettable film, indeed.

bookwurm1 Dec 30, 2015

This film was wonderful: shot at the lovely Ahwahnee Hotel in California, it couldn't have been more breathtaking and, given the subject matter of the film, HAUNTING.
It was never filmed at the Stanley Hotel, which was the location provided by the novel, which I never read.
Danny Lloyd does an excellent job as "Danny" and though the film really makes a respectable attempt to achieve perfection, it has some "flaws" like the fact that most people don't believe in ghosts, and no matter how you portray them in a movie, it is not going to make the theme of ghosts more believable. IT is actually frustrating how real the scenes are, where he is talking to ghosts, incredibly realistic, you almost want to start believing in ghosts. I think the ghost-people in this film both deserved Oscars, for how haunting their portrayals are.
It is hard to believe a six-year-old could give such a natural and believable performance, as little innocent Danny, who is trapped in a haunted hotel with his (one) sane parent and his (one) psycho parent. But generally, the flaws are easy to overlook, and I loved this film to pieces. The music and the setting and the careful, methodical acting really make it a WORK of ART and something America can be proud of achieving. :))

Kereesa Dec 14, 2015

I hated the book (and was utterly terrified by one scene in it), but I do quite like the movie. There's something different about the visual medium that really gets to me.

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Entity303
May 27, 2017

HERE'S JOHNY!!!

Laura_X Apr 24, 2017

Little pigs, little pigs, let me come in. Not by the hair on your chiny-chin-chin? Then I'll huff, and I'll puff, and I'll blow your house in.

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britprincess1
Aug 18, 2013

"Some places are like people: some shine and some don't."

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Monolith
May 19, 2012

Twin Grady daughters: "Hello, Danny... Come and play with us... Come and play with us, Danny... forever... and ever... and ever..."

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Monolith
May 19, 2012

Wendy Torrance: "Stay away from me!" Jack Torrance: "Why?" Wendy Torrance: "I just wanna go back to my room!" Jack Torrance: "Why?" Wendy Torrance: "I'm very confused, and I just need a chance to think things over!" Jack Torrance: "You've had your whole F**KING LIFE to think things over, what good's a few minutes more gonna do you now?" Wendy Torrance: "Stay away from me! Please! Don't hurt me!" Jack Torrance: "I'm not gonna hurt you." Wendy Torrance: "Stay away from me!" Jack Torrance: "Wendy. Darling. Light of my life. I'm not gonna hurt ya. You didn't let me finish my sentence. I said, I'm not gonna hurt ya. I'm just going to bash your brains in. Gonna bash 'em right the f**k in! Ha ha ha!"

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Monolith
May 18, 2012

Delbert Grady: "Your son... has a very great talent. I don't think you are aware how great it is. That he is attempting to use that very talent against your will." Jack Torrance: "He is a very willful boy." Delbert Grady: "Indeed he is, Mr. Torrance. A very willful boy. A rather naughty boy, if I may be so bold, sir." Jack Torrance: "It's his mother. She, uh, interferes." Delbert Grady: "Perhaps they need a good talking to, if you don't mind my saying so. Perhaps a bit more. My girls, sir, they didn't care for the Overlook at first. One of them actually stole a pack of matches, and tried to burn it down. But I... "corrected" them sir. And when my wife tried to prevent me from doing my duty, I... "corrected" her."

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Monolith
May 18, 2012

Delbert Grady (about Wendy): "I fear you will have to deal with this matter in the harshest possible way, Mr. Torrance... I fear... that is the only thing to do..." Jack Torrance (locked in the food pantry): "There's nothing I look forward to with greater pleasure, Mr. Grady." Delbert Grady: "You give your word on that, do you Mr. Torrance?" Jack Torrance: "I give you my word." (food pantry door unlocks)

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Monolith
May 18, 2012

Danny Torrance (walking to the bedside of his sleeping mother in a trancelike state): "Redrum... redrum... redrum... redrum... redrum... redrum... (picks up butcher knife) redrum... redrum... redrum... redrum... redrum... redrum... (picks up lipstick) redrum... redrum... redrum... redrum... redrum... redrum... (writes "REDRUM" on door, starts yelling) REDRUM! REDRUM! REDRUM! REDRUM! REDRUM! REDRUM! REDRUM!" Wendy Torrance (wakes up): "Danny! Danny! Stop it!" (gasps as she sees the word "MURDER" on the door in the mirror, then screams as Jack plunges his axe through another door)

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Monolith
May 18, 2012

Jack Torrance (Smashing the door to bits with an axe): "Wendy... I'm home!"

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Monolith
May 18, 2012

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

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britprincess1
Aug 18, 2013

Coarse Language: Some racial slurs and a few obscenities.

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britprincess1
Aug 18, 2013

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Intense surrealism permeates this film. That is where most of the horror comes from this film.

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britprincess1
Aug 18, 2013

Sexual Content: There are scenes of fully naked women coming out of a bathtub, as well as artwork of nude women. There is also a scene that implies fellatio, although it so difficult to see or construe what is happening that it may not even be noted as such.

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jgrnlees
Sep 11, 2011

Sexual Content: No sex takes place in this movie. However, there is a full frontal view of a naked woman stepping out of the bath.

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jgrnlees
Sep 11, 2011

Violence: Several shots are shown of characters having been murdered with an ax. Also, the grotesquely deformed body of a naked dead woman is shown. There are also shots of huge quantities of blood flooding the hotel.

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jgrnlees
Sep 11, 2011

Coarse Language: As the film wore on, there was more and more swearing as Jack sank deeper and deeper into the murderous crazy man he turned into.

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reddeerrebels
Feb 18, 2015

reddeerrebels thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 12 and 61

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LUNTUNE13
Jul 06, 2014

LUNTUNE13 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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jgrnlees
Sep 11, 2011

jgrnlees thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

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zorg
Jul 14, 2009

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jabey
Jun 12, 2008

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میکائیل
Jan 01, 2013

"A masterwork from a master filmmaker, The Shining is widely (and rightly) held as one of the greatest horror movies ever made. Much more than just a ‘horror movie’, celebrated auteur Stanley Kubrick warped Stephen King’s novel into something which oozes ambiguity (the hotel was haunted in the book, here it’s less clear) – which is why it remains so fascinating to this day. Still the subject of obsessive scrutiny (see recent documentary Room 237), many aspects of the film are open to interpretation. Not least that impossibly chilling final shot. While impatient newcomers will likely find the measured pacing a tad drawn-out (and there is an argument to be made here), The Shining is a deeply intoxicating experience. Right from the eerie opening where we wind along a mountain road via helicopter point-of-view, there’s a mounting sense of elusive unease. Arriving at the Overlook hotel, a feeling of deep-rooted evil runs through every frame in mesmerising fashion. Hell, even the dizzyingly-patterned carpets are somewhat hypnotic. Of course, general audiences are familiar with the more iconic scenes (“Heeere’s Johnny!”; the spooky twins; Red Rum), and it speaks volumes that they remain affecting despite years of parody. Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall and child actor Danny Lloyd are all excellent (as well as Scatman Crothers in a handful of key scenes), but the film is ultimately Kubrick’s. Feeding Nicholson cheese sandwiches (which Jack hated) to create a sense of repulsion and apparently forcing Duvall to do 127 takes of a single scene, the master craftsman’s obsessive approach and technical mastery results in some spellbinding filmmaking (see those long tracking shots), and an unforgettable experience." --Stephen Carty, Flix Capacitor

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