The Shining (1980 film)

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The Shining (1980)


A writer and his troubled family become winter caretakers at the isolated Overlook Hotel in Colorado, hoping to cure his writer's block. While the family is snowed in and begin uncovering the hotel's dark secrets, their son is plagued by disturbing psychic premonitions, and the frustrated writer's behavior becomes more erratic.


  • Release Date: 1980
  • Country/Language: US/UK, English
  • Genres/Technical: Horror, Thriller, Drama
  • Runtime: 2 hr 26 min
  • Starring: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd
  • Director: Stanley Kubrick
  • Writer: Stephen King (original story), Stanley Kubrick (screenplay)
  • Producer/Production Co: Warner Bros., Hawk Films, Peregrine
  • View Trailer: (link)


MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: R (Violence, Nudity, Adult Content, Profanity)

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • S____ (One Tentacle: Debateably Lovecraftian; has almost no direct connection to Lovecraft's work)

Not exactly a "Lovecraftian" film in the sense of being based on any of Lovecraft's work or containing references to his creations, though some viewers may find the location and atmosphere suggestive of Lovecraft's work (an "Eldritch Location" film). Perhaps one of the first (and most famous) examples of this sort of film; it owes far more to Shirley Jackson's The Haunting (fiction) than it does to Lovecraft, though there are examples of impossible (if not Non-Euclidean) architecture, Ghouls, and other things that, at a stretch, could be considered more directly "Lovecraftian", and there are scenes in the original story involving Jack digging through old newspaper clippings and other disparate clues stashed haphazardly in the hotel's basement to piece together the hotel's sordid, hidden history which Stephen King no doubt lifted from Lovecraft stories (Call of Cthulhu (fiction), for example).

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.


Review Links:

  • Richard Scheib at The Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film Review link - "Stanley Kubrick’s films have an underlying sense of people encountering an insanely rational world... Kubrick’s sentiments are at their blackest in The Shining."


 Spoiler Section (Highlight to Read)

Jack Torrance becomes winter caretaker at the isolated Overlook Hotel in Colorado, hoping to cure his writer's block. He settles in along with his wife, Wendy, and his son, Danny, who is plagued by psychic premonitions. As Jack's writing goes nowhere and Danny's visions become more disturbing, Jack discovers the hotel's dark secrets and begins to unravel into a homicidal maniac hell-bent on terrorizing his family.


Comments, Trivia, Dedication

  • a made-for-TV miniseries remake appeared in 1997, and is preferred by the story's author, Stephen King

Associated Mythos Elements

Keeper Notes