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 him and his family.Written by
Danny at the doctor's office; they briefly discuss Tony.
Brief scene with Danny and Jack conversing.
A brief scene where the Torrences step outside the hotel and observe that they are snowed in.
A scene which originally occurred after the "217 lady" scene. Jack says that Wendy and Danny can leave the hotel ASAP and that he will stay. He also shows Wendy the lipstick he found, and describes how he believes Danny's strangle wounds were self-inflicted.
A fireside chat between Wendy and Danny, in which he tells her that he hears the ghosts in the hotel, talking, laughing, and screaming.
Two scenes which originally occurred after Jack is locked inside the vault. Wendy leaves Danny to get some food, and Danny tells her that he called to Dick. Then a scene in which Wendy returns and Danny says that Dick may not have heard him.
A brief scene showing Grady releasing Jack from the vault, and Jack exiting and grabbing the mallet.
A brief scene in which Danny encounters a female ghost, and he tells her he isn't afraid of her, that only his father can hurt him now. The ghost vanishes, and Jack then appears to "punish" him.
A climatic ballroom scene in which the "party guests" and the orchestra all melt in gruesome fashion.
An outtake featuring orchestra conductor Gage Creed (played by Stephen King) melting in gruesome fashion.
Kubrick's version of "The Shinning" may not have followed the book as well, but was a better movie.
The problem with this movie like all other Stephen King television movie adaptations is that it is a watered down and neutered version of the book. You have the basic plot intact, however all the best bloody scenes, all the cussing, the nudity, and all the other stuff present in the novel is taken from the movie and you are left yawning because somehow the edge is gone and so are all the scares. I will be the first to say Kubrick's version was almost an entirely different entity than the novel, but he probably knew some of the stuff in the book just would not fly or look very good. The hedge animals for instance, they look terrible here and you know they would have looked even worse then. These things could work in say a 100 million dollar movie made for the summer, but not a television movie. Jack Nicholson is another thing. Sure he was a bit to crazy early in the movie in the original, but he was perfect near the end. The overlook was much more sinister and you really had the feeling it was isolated, this one not so much. The plot is just like the original version though as a family moves into a house to take care of it in the winter. The cast just does not measure up to the first though, I will say Rebecca De Morney looks more like the gal described in the book then Shelly what's here last name. However, Shelly was much better at showing fear. True in the book Jack did swing around a type of croquette mallet, but I think an ax is far more scary and threatening. Then there is the ending, way to happy and sentimental for my tastes. In the end this movie is just a weak version of the book as far as being sinister and creepy, but it does get more of the basics down as far as the plot and the Kubrick does not even try to follow the book all that often, but it does offer scares so my pick is the Kubrick.
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