Film Information and Synopsis:
Release date: 1980
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Written By: Laura May
Short synopsis:

Jack Torrence, a hard working husband and father, who gets an important job at an isolated hotel, called The Overlook. He has never been there but his stronger then ever DejaVu moments says otherwise. When Mr. Torrence gets the job as a caretaker at this elegant hotel, he brings his wife and his son along for the trip. The hotel is located in Denver, Colorado and when it snows , it storms and when there are snow storms bad things tend to happen and to top it all off there is no way off of the snowy mountain. Not only is there something wrong with Mr. Torrence, his son, Danny, has a talent that shows him everything that has happened in that hotel and everything that will happen in the near future.

My review:
Being an 1980 horror film, and one of the first horror films of it time, it was pretty exciting. There was not a scene that I was not excited. Every step of the wa I was clenching my blanket. The music had a lot to do with making this scary movie, actually scary. Every time the scary music came on, I knew something was going to happen but sometimes nothing did. Jack Nicholson played a great "crazy" man and had me convined that he was actually insane. Although, I did think the horror film was a little drawn out, it made sense. I believe the events that was taking place and all of the conversations had something to do with that. This is one film that I could have gone my who life without watching. Do not get me wrong, though, it was a good movie for its time, it was just a little weird for my taste. Danny Lloyed and Shelly Duvall put alot of effort into making this film. they made their characters come to life. I think this is a great film for all of those who are into horror films.

Academic analysis:
Stanley Kubrik's, "The Shining," according to Jack Kroll, in Newsweek, is "The first epic horror film," which makes this film one of the most important fims of its time. According to Robert Kilker, who wrote a journal on comparing the two horror films, Stanley Kubrick's. "The Shining" and Brian de Palma's 1976 film "Carrie," suggests that "both films instead present a range of horrors, asking us to be afraind of repression while at the same time suggesting that certain things just need to be repressed. But one of the things that distiguish this film from "Carrie" is that the possessor of the psychic power in "The shining" can be strong without it and need not to be utterly destroyed by it." (Literature Film Quarterly; 2006, vol. 34, issue 1, p. 54-63, 10p, 13bw) This is what sets "The Shining" from any other American film. The director uses different scenes to throw off the viewers. Such as, when the little boy, Danny, sees the past of what happened in the Overlook Hotel. The twins show up in his visions first but no one knows why until all of the events, sort of, comes together. He also jumps back and forth many different times throughout the film. Scenes of the parents then back to the child and his visions and so on, to show the viewers what is going on between the scenes and the characters.


  • Kilker, Robert. "All Roads Lead to the Abject: The Monstrous Feminine and Gender Boundaries in Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining." Literature Film Quarterly. Print. This article discusses "The Shining" as wells as "Carrie" and how both of the films acts of violence may be read as the results of institutionalized repression.
  • Smith, Greg. "Real horror Show." The Juxtaposition of subtext, satire and audience implication in Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining." Literature Film Quarterly. Print. Evaluates the motion picture "The Shining," directed by Stanley Kubrick. Criticisms recieved by the film, plot of the film, description of the film's cinematography.
  • Snyder, Stephen. "Family Life and Leisure Culture in "The Shining." Film Criticism. Print. Focuses on issues surrounding the recent standard on the horror movie genre in the U.S.

This website provides a review of the film, as well as, a play by play of the movie.
2000, November 2009. This film provides a biography of the director.