writer and recovered abusive alcoholic
Jack Torrence (Jack Nicholson) is
having a writers block so him and needs a
place to concentrate on his writing so he
gets a job offer as a caretaker at an
isolated mansion called the Overlook
Hotel on a deserted mountain in Colorado
for the winter but was warned by the
owner Stuart Ullman (Barry Nelson)
about the tragedies that happened there
but still accepts his offer.
Meanwhile Jack's wife Wendy (Shelly
Duvall) is looking forward to the
Overlook Hotel while her son Danny (Danny
Lloyd) says that his imaginary friend
Tony doesn't like the idea.
Later on Danny passes out after seeing an
image in his head about the terrors at
the mansion but their doctor says that he
will be fine.
Slowly the hotel possesses Jack as he
starts to act obnoxious towards Wendy
whenever she disturbs him while he's
typing and Danny senses things that's
going to happen as well as gruesome
hauntings too that involved two little
The family is also told not to enter room
237 as Danny is curious what's behind
Jack is acting crazier than ever and even
dreams on slaughtering his family as both
Wendy and Danny are both snowed in at the
mansion with no escape.
This film is a total classic and one of my favourite one's based off of Stephen King's novel. I saw this on TV
when I was 8 years old as I told my
parents that I wanted to see something
different on TV but they warned me that
it's a very scary movie.
I watched the first bit of it but then I
covered my eyes when I saw the blood
pouring down the stairways in the mansion
when Tony was telling Danny what would
Then my parents told me it was bedtime as
they didn't want me having nightmares.
11 years later, I was a horror film
fanatic so I rented the Shining on video
and watched it all the way through. I
didn't like it cause it was so evil but
looking back I think it was terrifically
We have a terrific opening with a camera
zooming over some water and trees as well
as filming a car driving along a steep
We also have a good and witty discussions
between Jack Torrence and a hotel owner about taking care of the hotel during the
winter time as he has
humorous answers to the questions that were asked.
We have a good discussion between Wendy and Danny during lunch time as mother
and son talking about living at the hotel
and Danny acting like his imaginary
friend Tony saying he doesn't want to go
which offers a couple chuckles.
A good shot on Danny standing on a
stool brushing his teeth Then there's great moments with little Danny though picturing the blood splashing through the hotel in which you wonder what gives with all of that but it's just scary to watch regardless.
It's twisted when Jack Torrence is driving with his family to the hotel and discusses on a historic canniballistic situation which seemed sickening to think of. He acts very strange while talking about this stuff which you could tell that this isn't a normal family lifestyle for any of them.
When they enter the hotel Danny does spot two little twin girls staring at him which was another great moment as I wanted to know why they seemed to appear here and there. It was truly ghostly to watch this.
There's good Mother and Son moments on them running around in a maze made of bushes since watching this it was exciting to watch but Jack evilly spying on them doing this which you could tell he was slowly getting possessed by this hotel.
Another great mysterious moment is a conversation between Danny and Dick Halloran
who let's him and his family take care of the hotel for the winter in which he tells him he has no business to enter a certain room in the hotel and to stay out which right away with anyone watching this movie wanting to find out what's hiding behind that door.
There's the best part in the movie when Danny rides around the hotel in his toy bike which looks fun to watch imagining if you're a kid and doing this at a deserted hotel without anyone stopping him from having fun since it's closed for the season and then he spots those two twin girls talking to him with gruesome hallucinations. Man this would creep anyone out while spotting this.
There's also a moment with Wendy coming in to talk to Jack while he's typing and he gets verbally abusive with her and she gets frightened and passive about it all bringing a good psychological feel to the writing here in which this was hard to watch since she was trying to be nice to him. Right then you know he is totally possessed and Wendy being stuck in a dangerous situation as you know that this is not good at all.
We have a twisted discussion with Jack holding Danny in bed talking to
him with this child acting still and telling
him he wants to stay at the hotel forever
and ever and ever as it makes you think
to yourself what the hell's gonna happen
There's other one liners with Jack waking up from a nightmare telling Wendy he was dreaming on cutting her up into little pieces which I thought "WHOA! This is about to come true very soon I bet"
There's also a great unravelling mystery when Jack enters that room no one is allowed to enter which was dark and creepy to find out what is behind the madness there. Great spooky camera shots focusing on his expressionless face and whom is residing there and coming out of a bathtub. This gave me the chills. It gets uglier during the end of this scene.
We have a great shot on Danny lying sideways with intense expressions
drooling with a good shot on a door with
crayon writing saying REDRUM.
The suspense packs up even more when Danny's imaginary friend takes over his mind bringing more dark creepiness to the story in a great fashion wondering if he's going to be okay later on. It really works well as he helps Wendy prepare to protect themselves from Jack's evil grasp.
A good moment with Wendy trying
to talk to Danny and then he has his Tony type voice telling her
that her son's not here.
We spot a great tense conversation between Jack and a ghostly employee in a washroom as it looks
settling and then very cold and evil when
they discuss their dark secrets with good
face shots between one another.
A nice shot up on Wendy looking
at the typewriter with what is showing on
the paper along with a great close up
shot on the papers all saying ALL WORK
AND NO PLAY MAKES JACK A DULL BOY. She
does well with her freaked expressions
after reading this.
A real classic moment is when Jack acts screwed up and walks up some staircases towards Wendy wanting to bash her brains out while she weakly swings a bat near him since you wonder if she will defend herself well at all. It's definetely a good psychotic moment.
There's good shots on Wendy dragging Jack in a storage
room and locking the door with a nice
camera shot looking up on him trying the door handle and telling her to
unlock the door.
Plus what is a real treat is we spot ghostly moments like a bartender at an abandoned lounge giving Jack some drinks but only he could see him as well as showing some creepy types of residents that Wendy spots in certain hallways of the hotel too while being cooped up in the place during a snowstorm with no vehicle to escape.
A good shot on Wendy screaming
and backing away holding a knife with
Jack charging towards with an axe
especially with the famous scene on him
whacking a bathroom door with the axe and
through a hole screaming HEEERE'S JOHNNY!
as we will all remember that wonderful
and creepy moment.
Nice shots on Danny running away
in the snow in the maze of bushes with Jack on his tail and then great moments on this child standing in his footsteps he made in the
snow to try and fool him. This was a perfect and clover moment.
Bottom line is it's a terrific effective story and extremely
effective. A must for people who enjoy
possessed horror flicks. Very intense and
disturbing. However, Stephen
King's book describes what is all
happening alot better as many of you
might be confused by watching the movie
on why certain things were happening. The
book is even more scary to top it all
off. However, there's many downfalls though as the movie is too long and was slow in many spots too.
The acting is
excellent especially Jack Nicholson (Jack Torrance). He was nominated for an Oscar for his
role. He has played crazy characters
before but not like this. He was
believably evil in it. He also showed
nice characteristic facial expressions
too. All in all he was perfectly demented as well as showing terrific intense aggressions too. His energy was at a high pace just bringing it all in one. Great cackling expressions on him standing at a counter of a hotel bar. Shows a nice snappy reaction to his onscreen wife asking if she's nuts after her telling him about someone strangling their child. He's great with his cold voice
asking his onscreen wife if she likes what he typed.
I saw Shelley Duvall (Wendy Torrance) as Olive
Oyl in Popeye (A perfect
role for her) before I saw her in this
but she is great too and believably
freaked out about the going ons at the
hotel and portrayed by being a basket
case wife just perfectly. She knew on how to behave mixed up about alot of siutations and bringing it to life too. Plus does well being shocked and intimidated by her onscreen husband getting nasty towards her which she made her scene very memorable with her choked up answers to what he demands towards her with good surprised expressions. Does well running into the
lounge towards her onscreen husband and all
is silent with her crying and telling him
about a woman strangling their child. Does well crying in many scene's. She
does well with her freaked expressions
after reading something which is supposed to look like a novel being printed. Also was great freaking out in other parts of the story as she brings alot of great adrenaline into her character.
Danny Lloyd (Danny Torrance) was only about 5 years
of age in this film but he too was
terrific for such a young performer. He knew on how to act quiet and scared on what he encounters. Also does well acting silent and acting uncomfortable talking to someone else about the shining. Plus he was great by showing a split personality involving his imaginary friend. He was great chanting the words
REDRUM and walking towards his onscreen Mom. Shows off a nice and freaked out expressions after someone getting killed by an axe. He
only did a movie of the week afterwards
as I could see him getting more work but
lots of child stars like to do different
careers when they get older. He
is now a teacher in Perkin, Illinois and
never wanted to have an acting career and
didn't realise that he was doing a horror
film when he was on set of production.
Of course we can't forget Scatman
Crothers (Dick Halloran) who sold them the hotel
there. I remember him doing the voice
over for Jazz in my favourite childhood
animated TV series at the time the Transformers.
He did a fine job too and showed terrific
characteristics to his voice and
expressions as well. He brings alot of likeness and spunk into his part. He was great explaining to a child about
shining and how it works. Also was good by being firm telling him to stay away from a certain room which he was believeable by being short with him about it all.
Supporting actor Philip Stone
(Delbert Grady) really came across perfectly as a
deceiving ghost of a cocktail waiter and
then shows some nice evil moments to his
part in the film acting firm and cold
too. Plus has a nice light speaking type of mysterious voice which works in terrifically too.
A spirit of a nude
women performed by Lia Beldman appears
out of a bathtub and walks up to Jack to
make out that she'll seduce him.
Danny sees an image of two
twin girls standing up asking to play
with them and then it shows them on the
Jack strikes Scatman's character in the
chest with an axe but that's not
There is blood pouring down the stairs at
A spirit of a guest appears with his head
almost cut in half.
Oh yessss! Wendy
Carlos and Rachel Elkind were
marvellous with their music for the film
as we have a terrific opening for the
film with the heavy trumpet and drum
pounding for the film as everyone
including non fans will remember.
We also have some intense and sharp
violin playing and some more drum
pounding along with some terrific
heartbeating sounds for the creepy
moments in the film. Some of this was
also composed by other classical artists
Radio National Symphony Orchestra
and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
Ullman: When the place was built in
1907, there was very little interest in
winter sports. And this site was chosen
for its seclusion and scenic beauty.
Jack Torrance: Well, it's
certainly got plenty of that, ha, ha.
Stuart Ullman: ...The winters can
be fantastically cruel. And the basic
idea is to cope with the very costly
damage and depreciation which can occur.
And this consists mainly of running the
boiler, heating different parts of the
hotel on a daily, rotating basis, repair
damage as it occurs, and doing repairs so
that the elements can't get a foothold.
Jack Torrance: Well, that sounds
fine to me.
Stuart Ullman: Physically, it's
not a very demanding job. The only thing
that can get a bit trying up here during
the winter is, uh, a tremendous sense of
Jack Torrance: Well, that just
happens to be exactly what I'm looking
for. I'm outlining a new writing project
and, uh, five months of peace is just
what I want.
Stuart Ullman: That's very good
Jack, because, uh, for some people,
solitude and isolation can, of itself
become a problem.
Jack Torrance: Not for me.
Stuart Ullman: How about your wife
and son? How do you think they'll take to
Jack Torrance: They'll love it.
Torrance: Do you really want to go
and live in that hotel for the winter?
Wendy Torrance: Sure I do. It'll
be lots of fun.
Danny Torrance: Yeah, I guess so.
Anyway, there's hardly anybody to play
with around here.
Wendy Torrance: Yeah, I know. It
always takes a little time to make new
Danny Torrance: Yeah, I guess so.
Wendy Torrance: What about Tony?
He's lookin' forward to the hotel, I bet.
Danny Torrance: [Moving his
finger to speak as "Tony"]
No he isn't, Mrs. Torrance.
Wendy Torrance: Now come on, Tony,
don't be silly.
Danny Torrance: [as Tony] I
don't want to go there, Mrs. Torrance.
Wendy Torrance: Well, how come you
don't want to go?
Danny Torrance: [as Tony] I
Wendy Torrance: Well, let's just
wait and see. We're all going to have a
real good time.
Torrance: Hey. Wasn't it around here
that the Donner Party got snowbound?
Jack Torrance: I think that was
farther west in the Sierras.
Wendy Torrance: Oh.
Danny Torrance: What was the
Jack Torrance: They were a party
of settlers in covered-wagon times. They
got snowbound one winter in the
mountains. They had to resort to
cannibalism in order to stay alive.
Danny Torrance: You mean they ate
each other up?
Jack Torrance: They had to, in
order to survive.
Wendy Torrance: Jack...
Danny Torrance: Don't worry, Mom.
I know all about cannibalism. I saw it on
Jack Torrance: See, it's OK. He
saw it on the television.
Hallorann: Mrs. Torrance, your
husband inroduced you as Winifred. Now,
are you a Winnie or a Freddy?
Wendy Torrance: I'm a Wendy.
Dick Hallorann: Oh. That's nice,
that's the prettiest.
Hallorann: Some places are like
people: some shine and some don't.
guests at the Overlook Hotel]
Stuart Ullman: Four presidents,
Wendy Torrance: Royalty?
Stuart Ullman: All the best
Delbert Grady: I feel you will
have to deal with this matter in the
harshest possible way, Mr. Torrance.
Jack Torrance: There's nothing I
look forward to with greater pleasure,
Torrance: You WERE the caretaker
here, Mr. Grady.
Delbert Grady: No sir, YOU are the
caretaker. You've always been the
caretaker. I ought to know: I've always
Hallorann: We've got canned fruits
and vegetables, canned fish and meats,
hot and cold syrups, Post Toasties, Corn
Flakes, Sugar Puffs, Rice Krispies,
Oatmeal... and Cream of Wheat. You got a
dozen jugs of black molasses, we got
sixty boxes of dried milk, thirty
twelve-pound bags of sugar... Now we got
dried peaches, dried apricots, dried
raisins and dried prunes.
[Then, telepathically to Danny]
Dick Hallorann: How'd you like
some ice cream, Doc?
Hallorann: I can remember when I was
a little boy. My grandmother and I could
hold conversations entirely without ever
opening our mouths. She called it
"shining." And for a long time,
I thought it was just the two of us that
had the shine to us. Just like you
probably thought you was the only one.
But there are other folks, though mostly
they don't know it, or don't believe it.
How long have you been able to do it?...
Why don't you want to talk about it?
Danny Torrance: I'm not supposed
Dick Hallorann: Who said you ain't
Danny Torrance: Tony.
Dick Hallorann: Who's Tony?
Danny Torrance: Tony is a little
boy that lives in my mouth.
Dick Hallorann: Is Tony the one
that tells you things?
Danny Torrance: Yes.
Dick Hallorann: How does he tell
Danny Torrance: It's like I go to
sleep, and he shows me things. But when I
wake up, I can't remember everything.
Dick Hallorann: Does your Mom and
Dad know about Tony?
Danny Torrance: Yes.
Dick Hallorann: Do they know he
tells you things?
Danny Torrance: No. Tony told me
never to tell 'em.
Dick Hallorann: Has Tony ever told
you anything about this place? About the
Danny Torrance: I don't know.
Dick Hallorann: Now think real
hard now. Think.
Danny Torrance: Maybe he showed me
Dick Hallorann: Try to think of
what it was.
Danny Torrance: Mr. Hallorann, are
you scared of this place?
Dick Hallorann: No. Scared -
there's nothin' here. It's just that, you
know, some places are like people. Some
"shine" and some don't. I guess
you could say the Overlook Hotel here has
somethin' almost like
Danny Torrance: Is there something
Dick Hallorann: Well, you know,
Doc, when something happens, you can
leave a trace of itself behind. Say like,
if someone burns toast. Well, maybe
things that happen leave other kinds of
traces behind. Not things that anyone can
notice, but things that people who
"shine" can see. Just like they
can see things that haven't happened yet.
Well, sometimes they can see things that
happened a long time ago. I think a lot
of things happened right here in this
particular hotel over the years. And not
all of 'em was good.
Danny Torrance: What about Room
Dick Hallorann: Room 237?
Danny Torrance: You're scared of
Room 237, ain't ya?
Dick Hallorann: No I ain't.
Danny Torrance: Mr. Hallorann.
What is in Room 237?
Dick Hallorann: Nothin'. There
ain't nothin' in Room 237. But you ain't
got no business goin' in there anyway. So
stay out. You understand? Stay out.
Torrance: Wendy, let me explain
something to you. Whenever you come in
here and interrupt me, you're breaking my
concentration. You're distracting me. And
it will then take me time to get back to
where I was. You understand?
Wendy Torrance: Yeah.
Jack Torrance: Now, we're going to
make a new rule. When you come in here
and you hear me typing
Jack Torrance: or whether you
DON'T hear me typing, or whatever the
FUCK you hear me doing; when I'm in here,
it means that I am working, THAT means
don't come in. Now, do you think you can
Wendy Torrance: Yeah.
Jack Torrance: Good. Now why don't
you start right now and get the fuck out
of here? Hm?
Torrance: I just want to go back to
my room to think things over.
Jack Torrance: You've had your
whole fucking life to think things over,
what good's a few minutes more gonna do
Torrance: Have you ever thought about
Wendy Torrance: Jack, what are you
Jack Torrance: Have ever had any
SINGLE MOMENT'S THOUGHT about my
responsibilities? TO MY EMPLOYERS. Has it
ever occured to you that I have agreed to
look after the OVERLOOK until May the
FIRST. Does it MATTER TO YOU AT ALL that
the OWNERS have put their COMPLETE
CONFIDENCE and TRUST in me that I have
signed an agreement, a CONTRACT, in which
I have accepted that RESPONSIBILITY?
How are things going, Mr. Torrance?
Jack Torrance: Things could be
better, Lloyd. Things could be a whole
Daughters: Hello Danny. Come and play
with us. Come and play with us, Danny.
Forever... and ever... and ever.
Torrance: Tony, I'm scared.
Danny Torrance: Remember what Mr.
Hallorann said. It's just like pictures
in a book, Danny. It isn't real.
What will you be drinking, sir?
Jack Torrance: Hair of the dog
that bit me, Lloyd.
Torrance: God, I'd give anything for
a drink. I'd give my god-damned soul for
just a glass of beer.
Torrance: Here's to five miserable
months on the wagon, and all the
irreparable harm it has caused me.
Women. Can't live with them, can't live
Jack Torrance: Words of wisdom,
Lloyd, my man. Words of wisdom.
Jack Torrance: Yes?
Danny Torrance: Do you like this
Jack Torrance: Yes. I do. I love
it. Don't you?
Danny Torrance: I guess so.
Jack Torrance: Good. I want you to
like it here. I wish we could stay here
forever... and ever... and ever.
Grady: Did you know, Mr. Torrance,
that your son is attempting to bring an
outside party into this situation? Did
you know that?
Jack Torrance: No.
Delbert Grady: He is, Mr.
Jack Torrance: Who?
Delbert Grady: A nigger.
Jack Torrance: A nigger?
Delbert Grady: A nigger cook.
Jack Torrance: How?
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
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"
Torrance: Mr. Grady. You were the
caretaker here. I recognize ya. I saw
your picture in the newspapers. You, uh,
chopped your wife and daughters up into
little bits. And then you blew your
Grady: That's strange, sir. I
don't have any recollection of that at
Torrance: The most terrible nightmare
I ever had. It's the most horrible dream
I ever had.
Wendy Torrance: It's OK, it's OK
Jack Torrance: I dreamed that I,
that I killed you and Danny. But I didn't
just kill ya. I cut you up in little
pieces. Oh my God. I must be losing my
Torrance: [typed] All work and
no play makes Jack a dull boy.
Torrance: [as Tony] Danny
isn't here, Mrs. Torrance.
Torrance: Redrum. Redrum. Redrum.
Wendy Torrance: Stay away.
Jack Torrance: 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 gonna
bash your brains in. I'm gonna bash 'em
right the fuck in. Ha, ha.
is trying to kill Wendy]
Jack Torrance: Do you have the
slightest idea what a moral and ethical
principle is? Do you?
Torrance: Come out, come out, where
ever you are.
Torrance: Little pigs, little pigs,
let me in. Not by the hair of your
chiny-chin-chin? Well then I'll huff and
I'll puff, and I'll blow your house in.
[axes the door]
Torrance: HERE'S JOHNNY.
the door to bits with an axe]
Jack Torrance: Wendy, I'm home.
Torrance: I'll just set my bourbon
and advocaat down right there.
Torrance: Wendy. You have a surprise
coming to you. Go check out the Snow Cat
and the radio and you'll see what I mean.
Go check it out.
Guest with Head Wound: Great party,