The Shining

jack the shining

The Shining is a 1980 British-American psychological horror film produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick.  This film is the film adaptation of Stephen King’s The Shining.  The movie is about a writer, Jack Torrance, who takes a job as an off-season caretaker at The Overlook Hotel in the middle of a bone-chilling winter.  He drives to the hotel with his wife, Wendy, and his son, Danny.  The family settles into the hotel, finding a suitable hotel room and a nice place in the foyer for Jack to write.  All is well until Jack starts to see and hear things that are not really there.  These people and voices that Jack see are people who have been residents at the hotel in past times.  Danny begins to see and hear these people too, and later becomes possessed.  Jack becomes unable to concentrate on his work, and subjects to the will of the nonexistent residents of the hotel.  Jack is ordered to kill Danny and Wendy, and Danny and Wendy do whatever they can to survive Jack in his delirious state.  This is a great psychological horror film, and is genuinely disturbing.  Jack Nicholson’s portrayal of a mad man is very convincing in this film.  Jack’s true portrayal can be easily seen when he is talking to the dead people of the hotel, or when he is dragging himself down the hallways of the Overlook Hotel, wielding an axe and screaming his wife’s name.

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