“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”
We all need a dose of winter-y horror, don’t we? And there’s nothing more winter-y (and horrifying) than Stanley Kubrick‘s masterpiece, which is getting the prime time treatment it so richly deserves on Friday, December 30.
Based on Stephen King‘s 1977 novel The Shining, Kubrick’s film is widely regarded as a work of true cinematic genius (although King himself, famously, does not). Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall star as a husband and wife (Jack and Wendy Torrance) who ditch the city for a gig as winter caretakers at an isolated hotel. While Jack hopes to get his creative juices flowing so that he can write a book, the family (which also includes their young son Danny) instead encounters an eerie and foreboding spiritual presence. Commence cinema’s most nightmarishly creepy twins, a mesmerizing carpet, the memorable view from Room 237, a messy elevator, REDRUM, psychic visions, a Big Wheel that keeps on turnin’, and a chaotic descent into a spiraling maze of violence. Fully restored with beautiful digital projection, THE SHINING is a classic that is always best enjoyed on the big screen (and with bigger sound!). Also starring Danny Lloyd and Scatman Crothers. Come play with us!
“Ostensibly a haunted house story, it manages to traverse a complex world of incipient madness, spectral murder and supernatural visions… and also makes you jump.” (Empire Magazine)
THE SHINING (Stanley Kubrick, 1980 / 144 mins / 18A) 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 (Danny Lloyd), 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.