Why to Watch - The Shining

Is Rex really going to have every single Stanley Kubrick movie on here? Yes. Here’s like my 4th favorite one, but keep in mind, the 4th best Kubrick movie still ends up being like a Top 50 all-time movie ever.



The Shining Drama, Horror | 146min | June 13, 1980 (United States) 8.4
Director: Stanley KubrickWriter: Stephen King, Stanley Kubrick, Diane JohnsonStars: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny LloydSummary: Haunted by a persistent writer's block, the aspiring author and recovering alcoholic, Jack Torrance, drags his wife, Wendy, and his gifted son, Danny, up snow-capped Colorado's secluded Overlook Hotel after taking up a job as an off-season caretaker. As the cavernous hotel shuts down for the season, the manager gives Jack a grand tour, and the facility's chef, the ageing Mr Hallorann, has a fascinating chat with Danny about a rare psychic gift called "The Shining", making sure to warn him about the hotel's abandoned rooms, and, in particular, the off-limits Room 237. However, instead of overcoming the dismal creative rut, little by little, Jack starts losing his mind, trapped in an unforgiving environment of seemingly endless snowstorms, and a gargantuan silent prison riddled with strange occurrences and eerie visions. Now, the incessant voices inside Jack's head demand sacrifice. Is Jack capable of murder? —Nick Riganas


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