Director: Stanley Kubrick
Stars: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, Scatman Crothers, Tony Burton, Barry Nelson
Jack Torrance becomes winter caretaker at the isolated Overlook Hotel in Colorado, hoping to cure his writer's block. He settles in along with his wife, Wendy, and his son, Danny, who is plagued by psychic premonitions. As Jack's writing goes nowhere and Danny's visions become more disturbing, Jack discovers the hotel's dark secrets and begins to unravel into a homicidal maniac hell-bent on terrorizing his family.
One of the best horror thriller suspense movies ever made. The movie crosses all three genres, because it just cannot be placed in just one. There are just so many different levels of fear all through this movie. Decades later, this movie is still scaring people and giving people nightmares.
The strangest part of the whole movie was the fact that Stephen King did not like this movie at all. He thought it was a terrible version of his book. The truth is that this movie does not exactly go by the book at all. This movie was Kubrick's vision of the movie. Which the version of the book is the favorite by far. King went and had his own version made for cable TV over twenty years later. It was not even close to even half as good as this movie. The cast for that one was really bad.
There are some straight up creepy parts of this movie. I mean, if were to see any of these scenes from the movie happen in real life at a hotel you were in, you would the hell out of there. The elevator pouring out blood in the lobby. An old woman wanting to have sex with you in a room that no one is staying in. Your spouse going f-ing nuts wanting to kill all of you. These are not items that you want to happen to you in any hotel.
The cast for this movie was amazing. There is not an actor that could have done a better job in the lead role than Jack Nicholson. He was absolutely crazy mad in this movie. He was someone that you would never want to get near at any point in time. The little boy was perfectly fine in his role. He was not overly annoying like kids are in movies now days. Shelley Duvall is one of my favorites, so of course I think that she was incredible in the movie. It is because she was. I love her. Last but not least, the movie had Scatman Crothers in it. You know, he was the voice of Hong Kong Phooey. He was great in this movie.
If you can find the making of this movie, It is well worth watching it. And if you have never seen this movie before, then something is wrong with you. This is one of the best movies. There are still parts of this movie that still bother me today. This is a movie to add to your collection, if you have not done that yet. Enjoy.
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