A brilliant adaptation of Stephen King’s novel about a frustrated writer forced to take the job as caretaker of a remote mountainside hotel for the winter with his young family in tow. An evil presence lurking within causes his mental disintegration into madness and murder.
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From an homage to the photographic surrealism of Arbus, to references of the moon landing of Apollo 11 and the conspiracy theories of Room 237. Kubrick's horror classic has become a phenomena due to the meticulous ambiguity of his representations. It is that very ambiguity that remains its haunting pulse. The renowned idiom "all work and no play make Jack a dull boy" only scratches the surface of the film's genius.
I saw this in a theater with someone who yawned their way through it. "What about the girls?" "Are you scared of little girls?" "No! They're not supposed to be there!" I also know people who think the Steven King version is better. "Don't you realize this is a masterpiece?" "Steven King's was closer to the book." "The book sucked! This is a profound meditation on fear! This is Nicholson at his prime!"
Excellent in all cinematographic aspects. In my concept is simply perfect. Photography impactant, the best performance by Jack Nicholson in his career, a creepy music and a perfect direction. An exploration of human consciousness and unconsciousness that addresses our greatest fears, across the study of paranormal world.
I don't hate this film, I just hate it's following. A bunch of symbolism does not make a great or scary film. The only brilliant part is the casting of Duvall who is genuinely annoying. All the people who spend hours of their life analyzing this in ROOM 237 have got to be the biggest wastes of life on this planet. Do something productive with your time instead. Up there with Clockwork and Lolita as Kubrick's worst.
I actually read the Stephen King novel, and while the film adaptation deviates quite a bit from the book, leaving out a couple of great scenes and characters, I think it still does it justice. This is one of my favourite horror films, it's filled with iconic shots and moments. I remember catching this on TV, at night, many years ago, and getting really afraid to see it. I'm curious to read the sequel, "Doctor Sleep".
A masterpiece and a movie that becomes even more enjoyable after multiple viewings. The decay into madness has never been portrayed better than what Jack Nicholson does here. I love the ambiguities in the narrative because it begs the question... whose perspective are we exploring throughout the film?
"How’d you know we call him Doc?" - Wendy
Was mega late on this one and didn't see it (the uncut version, at that) until 2014. Far from one of the best horror movies ever, in my opinion. I was expecting great but I got mediocre. I found it empty and confusing. It's one of those films that is more enjoyable to discuss and analyze than to actually watch.