I love The Shining! Great flick! Jack Nicholson played the psycho extremely well...
...the one "bad" of the original was Mrs. Torrence - Shelly Duvall? Really? They couldn't find an actress who was at least SOMEWHAT good looking? :tapfoot:
Did you ever see the "made for TV" version? Mrs. Acid loves scary movies - and likes that one, too. One side-note from the TV version: The lead actress (Rebecca De Mornay) apparently won't really associate with the actor who played Jack Torrence, because he scared the living shit out of her during the filming - he got WAY into the role and creeped her out!
Another tidbit: Stephen King was extremely unhappy with Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of the novel, which is why he had such a hands-on approach with the mini-series. He not only wrote the teleplay, but he even makes a cameo in it. The mini-series brings back a lot of the things that Kubrick ejected, particularly Jack's struggle with alcoholism.
Shelley Duvall's acting in that movie was terrible. I read where Stanley Kubrick treated her like crap on the set and encouraged everybody else involved to do the same to "increase her sense of isolation" for her role. I think she kind of went batshit-crazy on set at one point.
I've actually never seen the TV version, but have been to the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado where it was filmed and where Stephen King was staying one off-season when he came up with the idea for the original story. I'd always known King was not happy with the Kubrick interpretation. Aw well, still a hell of a movie whether King liked it or not.
I was working in Estes Park in 1980 when the movie came out and we would venture over to the Stanley, all dazed and confused, to get creeped out by the ambience of the place. Back then, you could wander around the hotel wherever you wanted, within reason. Now, most of it is off-limits to casual visitors.
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