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.
A small village off the mainland is about to receive a huge winter storm. It won't be just another storm for them. A strange visitor named Andre Linoge comes to the small village and gives ... See full summary »
Becky Ann Baker,
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
The scene between Jack and Wendy in the hotel lobby goes on for just over ten minutes. Something almost unheard of for a mini-series. Lengthy scenes like these are very expensive for a television format, which is probably why all of the other scenes are much shorter. See more »
Reflected in the Overlook's main doors, behind Watson. See more »
[Addressing the Overlook Hotel]
Hello, you old bitch. You're just as ugly in wintertime as you are in summertime.
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There's been a lot of debate about which is better: Kubrick's 1980 major motion picture or ABC's 1997 mini-series. It depends on which type of movie you enjoy. If you enjoy a movie with stunning visuals and less emphasis on the supernatural to convey fear and horror, go with Kubrick. If you enjoy a movie with special effects, rich story, and emphasis on the supernatural, the mini-series is the one for you. Personally, I like both versions of "The Shining" but lean towards the mini-series as the better adaptation of Stephen King's novel. Why? The mini-series creates three interesting, full characters in Jack, Wendy & Danny and provides a rich history for the 4th character, the Overlook Hotel. Kubrick's version created great atmosphere but sacrificed really developing the characters of Danny & Wendy, as well as using the Overlook as more of a prop; Kubrick's movie creates horror through the insanity of Jack, whereas the mini-series creates horror through the supernatural and hotel coming to life. Another great thing about this mini-series is it keeps the Overlook Hotel as a turn of the century Victorian hotel, and you see it slowly fill with the dead spirits until there's little room for the living. This creates a sense of foreboding as the once empty hotel becomes more and more crowded and the Torrance's are staying in smaller and smaller space in the hotel. The mini-series suffered from being aired with commercials, so it's much better when you can devote several hours to watching it uninterrupted on DVD. Give this mini-series a chance and I'm sure you'll end up feeling sufficiently creeped out.
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