Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of Stephen King’s novel makes terrific use of the remote, empty Overlook Hotel, the rambling old heap where writer Jack (Jack Nicholson) retreats with his wife and son while working as the winter janitor. But are the strange events evidence of the building’s troubled history or of the frustrated author’s inner torment? Either way, the past hangs dangerously heavy...
“Majestic, febrile, foreboding – truly haunting, literally and figuratively.” Jane Crowther
“Reviled on release for hokey misreading of horror, an indelible influence on the genre ever since. Few films introduce a new way of seeing: the Steadicam glides here introduce a whole new cinematic emotion.” Roger Luckhurst
“With The Shining, Stanley Kubrick created a slow-burning beast of atmosphere and menace. It is a chilling and beautiful maze of a film; a stone-cold classic horror.” Sophie Brown
“Technically innovative with heightened, but finely calibrated performances, it always gets my mind racing with questions, some deliberately unanswerable.” James Kleinmann