The Shining

The Shining

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Stanley Kubrick's masterful horror adaptation of Stephen King's novel. Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) has writer's block. So he and his family move into an isolated resort hotel, high in the Colorado mountains, as the sole occupants and caretakers for the long winter. But this awakens more than just artistic demons as a madness takes over Jack, one the whole family will come to experience. More

"Every frame of the film brims with Kubrick's genius for implying psychological purpose in setting: the hotel's tight, sinister labyrinth of corridors; its cold, sterile bathrooms; the lavish, illusionary ballroom. This was horror of the mind transposed to place (or, indeed, vice versa). The clarity of the photography and the weird perspectives constantly alluding to Torrance's twisted state of mind. The supernatural elements are more elusive than the depiction of his madness. The 'shining' itself - the title comes from the line "We all shine on" in the John Lennon song Instant Karma - is the uncanny ability to see dark visions of the truth (young Danny manifests the power through an imaginary alter-ego Tony). A power separate from, yet entwined, with the evil that dwells in the building." (Empire Magazine)

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1980Rating: MA15+, Strong violence, Horror theme142 minsUK, USA
HorrorThriller
Director:
Stanley Kubrick ('Spartacus', 'Lolita', 'Dr Strangelove', '2001: A Space Odyssey', 'A Clockwork Orange')
Writer:
Stanley KubrickDiane Johnson
Cast:
Jack NicholsonShelley DuvallDanny LloydScatman Crothers

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The Shining | Reviews

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The New York Times

The New York Times

(Kubrick) manages to make his movie thoroughly unnerving by keeping the horror so close to home.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

The movie is not about ghosts but about madness and the energies it sets loose in an isolated situation primed to magnify them.

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Variety

Variety

Kubrick has teamed with jumpy Jack Nicholson to destroy all that was so terrifying about Stephen King's bestseller.

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Little White Lies

Little White Lies

Essential viewing. Prepare to be disturbed.

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Salon

Salon

The classic Stanley Kubrick film isn't just scary - it is also, in its own odd way, defined by a hopeful perspective on life and death.

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Chicago Reader

Chicago Reader

The incredibly slack narrative line forestalls suspense.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Ostensibly a haunted house story, it manages to traverse a complex world of incipient madness, spectral murder and supernatural visions... and also makes you jump.

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Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

It's the experience more so than the actual content of The Shining that radiates cold, anti-humanly indifferent terror.

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Time Magazine

Time Magazine

Kubrick has made a movie that will have to be reckoned with on the highest level.

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Film Threat

Film Threat

Kubrick doesn't dumb it down or anything, but he's not actively trying to appeal only to film connoisseurs either. If any of his movies could be called mainstream, it's this one.

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Total Film

Total Film

Its artful ambiguities are immersive. Check in.

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The Washington Post

The Washington Post

I can't recall a more elaborately ineffective scare movie.

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The Shining | Release Details

The Shining is now playing in 1 cinema in Australia. The Shining is available to stream in Australia now on Google Play and Apple TV and Prime Video Store.