The Shining

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Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining (1980) stands as a pinnacle of psychological horror, an intricately crafted descent into madness that continues to captivate and terrify audiences. Based on Stephen King’s bestselling novel, Kubrick’s adaptation departs significantly from its source material, creating a unique and unsettling cinematic experience. The film stars Jack Nicholson in a career-defining performance as Jack Torrance, a struggling writer and recovering alcoholic who takes on the role of winter caretaker at the isolated Overlook Hotel. Shelley Duvall portrays Wendy, his supportive yet increasingly terrified wife, while Danny Lloyd delivers a haunting portrayal of their son Danny, whose psychic abilities reveal the hotel’s dark and malevolent presence.

Kubrick’s meticulous direction, combined with John Alcott’s stunning cinematography, transforms the Overlook Hotel into a labyrinthine and oppressive character in its own right. The film’s use of Steadicam technology, a groundbreaking innovation at the time, allows for fluid and eerie tracking shots that enhance the sense of unease and disorientation. The haunting score, composed by Wendy Carlos and Rachel Elkind, further amplifies the film’s unsettling atmosphere, weaving together classical compositions with dissonant electronic sounds.

At its core, The Shining explores themes of isolation, the disintegration of family, and the destructive power of repressed violence. Kubrick’s deliberate pacing and attention to detail create a sense of mounting dread, leading to the film’s iconic and horrifying climax. Jack Nicholson’s descent into madness is both riveting and terrifying, his portrayal of Jack Torrance becoming one of the most memorable in horror cinema.

Despite initial mixed reviews, The Shining has since been re-evaluated and is now celebrated as a masterpiece of the horror genre. Kubrick’s ability to blend psychological complexity with visceral horror ensures The Shining remains a timeless and unsettling exploration of human fragility and madness, solidifying its place in the pantheon of cinematic greats.

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  • Stanley Kubrick


  • Jack Nicholson
  • Shelley Duvall
  • Danny Lloyd


  • 30 October 1980


  • 1 August 2024


  • 1 uur en 59 minuten


  • Nederlands


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