A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future.
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After a deadly plague kills most of the world's population, the remaining survivors split into two groups - one lead by a benevolent elder and the other by a maleficent being - to face each other in a final battle between good and evil.
Television adaptation of Stephen King novel that follows a recovering alcoholic professor. He ends up taking a job as a winter caretaker for a remote Colorado hotel which he seeks as an opportunity to finish a piece of work. With his wife and son with him, the caretaker settles in, only to see visions of the hotel's long deceased employees and guests. With evil intentions, they manipulate him into his dark side which takes a toll on he and his family. Written by
Stephen King is one my favorite writers, one of the most celebrated and successful writers of our time, and "The Shining" was a great novel which I immediately bought and read when it came out in '77. Stanley Kubrick was a film maker, one of the most celebrated and successful film-makers of our times, for good reason. His films were brilliant, many are regarded as some of the greatest masterpieces in film history.
Stephen King is not brain surgeon, or a rocket scientist, or a film-maker, or an actor. Apparently he did this "re-make" out his dissatisfaction with the original "The Shining" made by Kubrick, because it was not true to the novel. Apparently his bruised ego is as massive as his swelled head. And King has about as much talent for film-making as he does for acting - which is to say: None.
At 4 hours long this "mini-series" is about 4 and 1/2 hours too long. It is so bad they might as well have filmed it on a toilet paper roll rather than wasting any actual film. Stanley Kubrick knew what worked on film. Stephen King does not. Goofy CGI hedge animals are not scary. A maze IS scary because in winter you could get lost in it.
I'm a long time fan, but King should stick to writing and leave the film making for people who actually know what they are doing. 0/10 only because negative numbers are not allowed.
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