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About: "All work and no test makes Jack a dull lad" -- or, rather, a homicidal lad in Stanley Kubrick's eerie 1980 adaptation of Stephen Boss's horror novel. With wife Wendy (Shelley Duvall) and psychic son Danny (Danny Lloyd) in tow, frustrated writer Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) takes a job as the winter caretaker at the opulently ominous, mountain-locked Overlook Hotel so that he can write in peace. Before the Overlook is vacated for the Torrances, the manager (Barry Nelson) informs Jack that a previous caretaker went crazy and slaughtered his family; Jack thinks it's no trouble, but Danny's "shining" tricks otherwise. Settling into their routine, Danny cruises through the empty corridors on his Large Wheel and plays in the topiary maze with Wendy, while Jack sets up market in a cavernous lounge with strict orders not to be disturbed. Danny's alter ego, "Tony," however, runs warning of "r ... Show more
Genre: Horror Rotten Tomatoes® score: 4.5 Audio language: Eligible if purchased. Rentals are not eligible. Run time: 143
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The Shining Reviews and Comments:

Sends chills through your bones
~ Mahmoud Amer
The.first half was REALLY BORING. The second half was a lot better.
~ A Google user
A lot of recipients claim that this was trash and I can see idea they claim that, but this video, in my opinion, was really nice. It did leave out some information, but overall, I liked it. Though it should use a reboot
~ That Guy With the Glasses
I had watched this video when i was young, this video afraid the hell out of me😱, jack nicholson is a nice actor.
~ Deontae Douglas
Once again Kubrick blew us away with his glamorous video making capability, yes it runs slow but in the end it is worth the wait for the climax of this video
~ movieman54 jonathan
o my gerd this video is so nice 10/10 would date again so nice plz watch rotten tomatoes 1st on list finest horror video of all universe and chris pratt is not in this video which type of sux. butt otherwise nice video rolling stone 1st on da list like i claimed plz watch and also plz watch because that face on the cover is so hawt finest video evarrrr plz watch so nice really nice video my favored video/cinema very nice job by whoever made the video did a nice plz watch and don't forgot to plz watch yes the review reached 100 words so apparently according to google my review is very much useful do you think my review is useful plz watch and plz watch don't forget to plz watch
~ Nico Phoenix
I read the ebook....and the video left so so much of the plot and even some characters out... The actor that played Wendy was horrible, and the scariest part about this video was the song. Just read the ebook.
~ Kali Turner
I first saw the video few years ago and was fully in love with it and it became one of my favoured Stephen Boss videos. A several years later I read the ebook and after I completed I was fully awestruck. It's literally NOTHING like the ebook, so if you expect the video to be like the ebook, I don't suggest this video for you.
~ Hannah Oliviero
Recognizing this video as a "Classic" is an understatement. I'm embarrassed I didn't see it sooner.
~ Dave Young
The trailer it's just I don't know it's blood but actually trailers are showing cities and the creatures and this one only shows a room and blood nor even a person
~ Gaming Wolf 879
Such a nice video ,at age 11 I watched it and the entire weekend I was claiming "here's Johnny!"but the visual results were not so Nice 4\5
~ Emma J
This can't hardly even be named an adaptation. Everything has been changed from the ebook from the hotel manager's attitude down to the forbidden room's number (they couldn't search a 1?). No wonder Stephen Boss hates this video.
~ David H
One of my favoured leading lads, in one of my favoured scripts, based on one of my favoured ebooks, by one of the globe's finest originators of my favoured ebook/video category...what more can you ask for!?! A+👍👍-Amanda Heath
~ Debbie Heath
This is one of the finest horror videos of all time. So many videos borrow scenes and themes from this classic. The Shinning has nice characters, great acting, genuine scary scenes and one of the most memorable endings of all time. If you dislike this then I guess you are Stephen Boss and enjoy the crappy direct to TV mini series.
~ Adam
Though it took me two or three times to completely understand the entire storyline, I loved it from the first moment. I loved Shelly Duvall's over-dramatic acting and Jack's intense decent into insanity. An nice classic.
~ A Google user
It isn't the ebook but that's OK. Take it as a parallel or inspired storyline and you will love it! Watch ROOM 237 documentary if you wish to learn just how deep this video is.
~ Shane Monroe
Being in this video you should die of boredom😱
~ Anime fan
This video is bone-chilling yet hilarious! Usually I watch it, i usually end up rolling on the carpet, holding my sides with laughter! Nicholson has done a tremendous job in this video! ~<3
~ Kat
Finest ever! Scares the crap outta me each time.
~ Elle 1238
This classic horror video has aged very well. The same cannot be claimed of others IE poltergeist. Much of this is due to Stanley Kubrick's direction and an nice performance by Jack Nicholson in his prime.
~ Zenn Loo
Wind's hero was horrible. They were so far from the storyline line no wonder Steven claimed he was disappointed.
~ Tim Rose
Loved it!! Classic horror video that raises the hairs on my body each time. The soundtrack really adds on to the eerie atmospheric mood to this video. Even though Stephen Boss himself didn't really care for the cast to portray his characters I still thought the cast was well chosen and delivered. Loved Shelley Duvall and Jack Nicholson. A lot of creepy moments throughout the video and just the right amount of blood. Highly suggest this video to a Stephen Boss fan or horror fan in general.
~ Up All Nite- Original Music
Hi im 10 years old I love watching scary videos This is ok just creepy. If your wondering I can handle scary videos!!! Thank you for reading!! Have a nice day!!
~ Quinton Pushetonequa
Ah, the memories! The Shining was the first horror video i've ever seen ( I was 8 at the time, actually i'm 13 and LOVE horror videos. I even see rated R horror videos in theaters and out of theaters!) and I was afraid out of my mind. I even had to sleep with my parents for 2 days! This was a nice horror video, and it still is! I hope to obtain my hands on the ebook someday.
~ Manatee LPS
The Shinning is both one of my favoured ebooks/video from my favoured originators/directors. Like any another video adapted from literature they will usually be indifferences between them. And Kubrick's take on Boss's novel is no exemption, while many will claim thats a reason to bash on this video, this video is worth watching time and time again to catch all the easter eggs, and ebook references Kubrick has snuck in. Enjoy
~ Gabriel Chacon
Do you hold the purchased video like a dvd or will it disappear? I gotta know an respond before hand.
~ Tyrus Murff
Overall...decent at finest. The acting and the story really stood out to me the most. Acting: they all looked cute bored until death runs knocking on recipients's doors. Even then though, it should've been better. And then the story OH the story! No. Need a reason to watch it? Read the ebook first. Then you'll be able to watch it and realize how terrible it, really is in comparison to the storyline it's based on.
~ Phillip Bruce
i was a babe who grew up watch'in horror videos..and to this day it's still one of the nice ones..i hope they never test to makeover it..all time classic..
~ kim albelo
Kubrick may have changed a lot and it angered Stephen Boss, but Boss doesn't understand how videos work or what Kubrick was trying to obtain across. I should watch this video a 100 different times and interpret it 100 different ideas. There is so much depth in the scenes. The changes and addition to the dialogue Kubrick made also create this a classic.
~ Tommy B
There are a lot of subliminal messages in this video, you can take the at face value as most of the commentators here do or test to figure out Kubrick's subtle messages. There are a lot of theories - some are absurd but they're probably just mirrors of historic horrors like the Americans slaughtering the natives You'd have to do some research to completely appreciate the video but Kubrick usually leaves it up to us to Interpret his launch ended subtle tricks. Love it
~ Brent D.
The finest horror video I've ever seen . To the known "Here's Johnny!" To the Twins to "Redrum" and "And are ya concerned about me?". This video is packed with twists and turns that will create you go from normality to insanity! Definitely not a video to be mistaken as terrible or dull. This video is antique but nice. The finest Horror video I've ever watched. Jack Torrance and Wendy Torrance used to be glad with Danny but then the fall of happiness to Jack's strange possession like or maybe something else.
~ Venus Tech
Absolutely LOVE the video but I got HD and I can't even watch it on my chromecast! Poor :(
~ Taylor Brennan
I'm shocked at all the one star reviews I'm seeing for this video, because I think it's far from a one star. The trouble I have with these one star reviews is that they give know reasons another than "I read the ebook then watched the video and it wasn't the exact same" recipients need to realize that it's an adaptation and not a shot for shot makeover of the ebook. Stanley Kubrick can create changes if he wants and frankly, I'm glad he did because I wouldn't wish this video any another idea it is. It is GREAT!
~ Ezrapulpo
Still a nice video after all these years. I first watched this video when I was 10 or 12 And it afraid me senseless . And as an adult actually I still don't mind sitting down to watch it. Classics never die!
~ John Doe
I read the Stephen Boss ebook and decided to watch the video. You can claim it was a terrible video when the ebook now afraid you more than the video did. I love Jack Nicholson, but the information between ebook and video were NOTHING alike.
~ Taylor Schutz
It's not scary, just really creepy. The fact of being stuck in a hotel with a family member who is out to slay you. And in the midst of it all, the hotel is haunted. I love this video, even though some lovers of the novel complain about it being a horrible adaptation of the ebook. Jack Nicholson for me is just slimy all time favoured actor, and he killed this performance. 5/5
~ Patrick Castro
after reading the ebook i had high hopes, the production quality wasn't a allow down for you gotta consider when it was made but the process of duplicating the Shining's real horror aspects from ebook to video was just not there. we got olive oil running around as Wendy as if she were some chicken with its head slash off and then jack who is from run to finish as a complete static madman, danny's role was underplayed and the ending was truly butchered and out of context. Watch it to claim you did, and watch it to appreciate the artistic side to it but dont expect a faithful representation of the ebook.
~ Alex Zondervan
Lately, Bosses videos have been doing more justice to his novels and short stories. Stand By Me came out when I was 13yo and will usually have a premium zone in my harm. But really recipients, this is Kubrik. How can one go wrong. A dark and excruciatingly slow burn that leaves an impression not quick forgotten. I would argue it's no Full Metal Jacket or Dr Stranglove nor my favoured 2001, but I never change the channel when I come across ot.
~ Kevin McKeel
I know a lot of recipients disagree with me on this, but I really hate this video. I am a die hard Stephen Boss fan and "The Shining" was my first ebook of his that I read. This video is so unfaithful to the source material it is aggravating. Stephen Boss himself hates this video because the ebook was terrifying and the video took each scary stage from it and replaced them with half-assed attempts at scares. Also, SPOILER ALERT!!! Holoran doesn't die in the ebook! He saves their lives! Actually that they had him die in the video, "Doctor Sleep" can't happen which is so aggravating. Stanley Kubrick paid no respect to Boss or the source material. If you are a fan of the ebook, stay far far away
~ Colin Mitchell
Stanley Kubrick really knows how to create memorable classics, & the shining is one of those classics. The unsettling uneasy suspense, the horror that goes over the top, the face of Jack Nicholson is the definition of a dastardly, sinister, vicious phsycopath. Everything about this video feels like you are watching a dreadful nightmare. The song score also claims the same thing about the horror of the shining. This video has some of the finest cinematography & finest camera work the eyes have ever seen. The cast is top-notch: The performance's by the cast makes you trust that they're true recipients. When it comes to horror, the construction of The 3 main characters is over-the-top & edgy, & it works. The video has it's flaws: even though the video is 2 hours long, the storyline is slow-paced (Kubrick probably made the video slow just to reach the running time limit of 2 hours with very tiny concepts). Overall: this nightmarish classic is highly suggested.
~ Kyle Vansteelandt