Stephen Kings published a book back in 1977 named, The Shining about the Torrance family. Jack Torrance’s new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he’ll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote . . . and more sinister. And the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted five-year-old.A few years later this best selling book was adapted into the movie The Shining in May of 1980 starring Jack Nicholson and directed by Stanley Kubrick.
This movie was beyond terrifying, a “piss your pants” kind of movie. I still can’t finish watching this movie, when I first saw it as a pre-teen I instantly shut it off after this scene seen here on youtube. I was afraid, nevermind the fact that I watched it late at night (mom forbade me to watch it) and it was a bad rainstorm, equipped with thunder and lightening.
I still have goosebumps *looks down my hallway just incase…well, you know.
These little girls were terrifying. Lisa and Louise Burns were 12 when they filmed this classic horror film. Sidebar: I wonder how they slept at night after shooting that scene /end sidebar
Late last night on twitter, @Kubrickfan who *MIGHT* just be a Stanley Kubrick fan posted this:
Guess who’s not so scary looking now??? That’s right! THEM. HA! I’m still not going to finish watching the movie tho, so..yeah.
Here’s a little tidbit that you might/might not know about Stephen King and The Shining movie. He hated it. Okay maybe hate is a strong word, but he was not a fan of the adaptation of his book.
“I felt that it was very cold, very, ‘We’re looking at these people, but they’re like ants in an anthill, aren’t they doing interesting things, these little insects,’” is what King said recently when a BBC interviewer asked him about the film. He also described Kubrick’s characterization of Wendy Torrance, played by Shelley Duvall, as “one of the most misogynistic characters ever put on film. She’s basically just there to scream and be stupid. And that’s not the woman I wrote about.”
You can read more about Stephen King’s feelings on Salon.
In 2013, Stephen King released Doctor Sleep, a follow up book to The Shining.
Stephen King returns to the character and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance and the very special twelve-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals.
You can pick up Doctor Sleep right here on amazon.