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All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. And if Jack Nicholson doesn't scare the crap out of you in The Shining, you have nerves of steal.

  • Directed by Stanley Kubrick
  • Based on Stephen King's 1977 novel The Shining
  • Available to stream on Amazon

The novel was written by Stephen King, the movie was directed by Stanley Kubrick. Add to that the stellar performances of Shelley Duvall and Jack Nicholson and it would be difficult not to rate this movie with incredibly high marks. This psychological thriller isn't terribly graphic (though there are scenes... like the bathroom interaction). And Danny is particularly unnerving with his "Red Rum" repetition. Let's face it through, no matter how many times you've seen it, you always want to watch this one again.

What Reviewers Say: 

  • This atmospheric thriller is sure to creep you out with its pacing, eery editing and cinematography (those tracking shots are highly effective), and Jack Nicholson's powerful performance as Jack Torrance. Horror films often tend to divide audiences into genre fans who follow the gore and those who laugh in the face of so-called scares, insisting their own resiliancy to cheap thrills and lamebrain plotting.
    Fortunately, "The Shining" doesn't make you take sides, because its chills come from plotting and character study as much as they do from odd sights that will make you jump. It may stray from Stephen King's book and not all of it may make sense, but "The Shining" has so much going for it that you won't mind. It's a gripping and satisfying film experience, and in my opinion, one of the best films of the '80s.
  • The Shining is one of the horror genre's most notable films. Made in 1980 by the late, legendary Stanley Kubrick, the film stands out as not only one of his best but probably the best Stephen King adaptation as well. Though not nearly as true to the book as the later TV-movie would be, it is undoubtedly darker, more macabre, and ultimately superior to that version. Kubrick was a genius behind the camera, giving us long, beautiful shots, allowing us to take in both the beauty and the horror of the Overlook Hotel. For those who have yet to see the movie (and honestly, who hasn't at this point?), do yourself a favor and buy it today! Disappointment is impossible.
  • The score for this movie coupled with Jack Nicholson's incredible facial expressions make for one hell of a movie.

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