Shining, The (1980)

Mike Matei / October 28th, 2008

The Shining


  • April 9, 2010 at 4:24 am

    Whats up dock?…” thats outstanding, yeah it is…
    I though this was a really creepy film, but when i saw this film the first time i did`nt believe what i were watching, why is it in rating 18-19?
    Well here in Norway its in rating 18+… not scary… but you gotta love the acting of Jack Nicholson 🙂
    I love his crazy acting… and he`s an AWESOME OLD MAN!!” XD

  • April 10, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    “Oh no, not Tuesday!”

  • April 11, 2010 at 8:22 am

    haha xD, yeah thats very surprising 8D
    ” Oh No not Tuesday…” but the music and when the screne says Tuseday you feel like your getting a heartattack because it comes out of nothing 😀

  • RobMetalCheese

    April 13, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    IMO The Shining is scarier than most “horror” movies out there that are ultimately either gorefests or shockers. And in neither do you get the feeling of fear, of real terror, you’re either entertainingly disgusted or just jump in your seat. R.I.P. true horror.

  • Shikster

    April 27, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    This movie scared the shit outta of me when I was young! I think you should review the remake for tv version………Its suppose to follow the book.

  • chrisg801

    April 28, 2010 at 4:46 am

    This movie scared the shit out of me when i was a kid. This is a brilliant film and Jack Nicholson kicked fuckn ass.

  • Guy Montag

    May 3, 2010 at 1:21 am

    I have to say, Jame’s video games reviews are awesome and his movie reviews are funny, but some of his comments on why certain aspects of this film are poor are unsubstantiated, misinterpretations or simply a lack of a deeper understanding of film motifs.

    Not criticizing, just observing.

  • UcpTeddy

    May 5, 2010 at 12:11 am

    Oh, so there where “two” movies? , well i guess i got the tv version then, 2x VHS tapes big VHS box, something like 4 hours, greeat movie!

  • ThatGuy

    May 22, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    i bet you already know this since you are seems to be very ”educated” about most movies but did you know that michael myers mask is a william shatner mask painted white

    altough i am not a 100% sure about that fact

    i dont really know were im going with this
    nice video as always james

  • bombid

    June 2, 2010 at 12:29 am

    james, you should probalby read the book, so many answers to this movie

  • BrandeX

    June 11, 2010 at 1:04 am

    Not much point in that. Kubrick’s film is only “based on” the King novel “The Shining”, it is severely changed in some aspects such as the ghosts ARE real, along with the psychic aspects.

  • MagicLoogie77

    June 23, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    It’s weird that Jack Nicholson is always a crazy man… named JACK!


    July 10, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    The hotel from the movie is the actual hotel haunted by ghosts that inspired steven king its an actual no BS porven fact!!

  • Stryker1500

    August 5, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    I watched this movie yesterday and I laughed so hard when “TUESDAY” popped up on the screen, I couldn’t help but think of this.

  • venom 51007

    August 6, 2010 at 1:54 am

    Weird when i firsrt saw this film it was on AMC on channel 63 (most people have diff channel numbers for there tv but what the hec) and when i went on the AMC website for the horror film marathon it was number 1 on the list for some reason i really and i mean really really weird.

  • Zombiekiller

    August 30, 2010 at 5:47 am

    Stephen King wasn’t happy with this version because it didn’t follow the book and that’s why the 2 part tv version was made.

  • jahrulez

    September 4, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    Well, the guy in the bear costume is actually dressed in dog costume as it is mentioned in the book. The guy in the suit is bisexual and the disguised is gay and he is in a dog costume because that’s what the other one asked him for if he wanted to sleep with him. I read the book and believe me, i shit my pants while watching the movie :-/ i laughed. After reading the part about the woman in the bathtub i was afraid of going to the bathroom, like seriously and in the movie, it olny was kinda gross :C And the part about Jack walking among hedge animals that moved when he wasn’t looking, that was marvellous. In the film, there was only a fuckin’ maze >:-[. I was very disappointed watching the Shining.

  • GialloHorror

    October 4, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    I fucking love horror films that play on atmosphere and setting, and this is one of the best at that.

    Grady rules!

    And you’re dam right man. Kubrick was in his own world. I think that’s made his films great. “A Clockwork Orange” is one of the most fucked up films I’ve ever seen.

  • dark_cthulhu

    October 5, 2010 at 10:32 am

    make a CALL OF CTHULHU movie/game review PLS!

  • October 11, 2010 at 1:24 am

    It’s well known that King HATED this movie. And I use that term literally. He HATED, HATED, HATED it, and said so to anyone who would listen. They eventually had to get him under some sort of contract to get him to shut up about it.

    I’m not sure exactly what it was about it that he despised, but I for one have never liked how incredibly slow and disjointed all of Kubrik’s movies seem to be.

  • lhajun

    October 13, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    I don’t like Stephen King’s stories. Usually they are just boring (The Dark Tower series.. and ‘It’). What is his problem when someone makes a fucking good movie based on his shitty novel? Kubrick for fucks sake.

  • dgdc

    October 17, 2010 at 2:59 am

    This film scared me A LOT…
    It was very surprising.

    PD: “oh no, not Tuesday!”

  • October 17, 2010 at 9:47 am

    This is whithout a doubt an awesome movie, but to me it has one big flaw: it’s called The Shining, while the boy’s shining has a very little role in it. Actually I never even understood why he has it, it’s useless to the plot. The movie was ok without it, why telling that the boy is some kind of Anakin Skywalker? It just make it less realistic!

  • kawamura2

    October 18, 2010 at 3:21 am

    You know, it does deviate from the book wildly, but I still love this film. It isn’t scary in the truest sense of the word, but it is fucking creepy. Sometimes, creepy beats scary hands down. Jack Nicholson is perfect as “Jack”. It makes you wonder if he really has psycho tendencies in real life, because he portrays a psycho so well. One Flew Over The Coocoo’s Nest anyone?

    Shelley Duval proves in this film that she has got what it takes to be a scream queen. Her looks of terror are very genuine looking, and she really draws you in. Her looks of terror are the scariest thing in the film, because no matter what is going on, you really believe she is up shit creek without a paddle. Plus, her looks of terror sometimes give the impression that she could easily eat your face, should she choose to. I don’t know why she wasn’t in more horror flicks, as she was/is definitely suited for the genre.

  • ThatRussianGirl

    October 30, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    I loved the shining but I noticed the psychological film Jacob Ladder. it was just completely crazy and I didn’t even see it. the movies that have such psychological that I’ve seen is The Cell and I guess the ending to The fall I do hope to find more psychological movies. and to see you review one of these movies.

  • Majere

    January 4, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
    All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
    All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
    All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
    All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
    All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
    All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
    All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
    All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
    All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
    All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

  • January 25, 2011 at 4:12 am

    Alright nerd, (A.K.A. James Rolfe) you can’t dare do a review of a single SK movie without doing a SK retrospective.

  • Guy Incognito

    March 7, 2011 at 4:06 am

    I think I liked this movie better than you did, James. The parts you thought were unexciting or that nothing was happening, I think did a brilliant job of building a sense of creeping dread. Kubrick is the master of the moody slow burn. And the camera work is fucking brilliant. Beyond all of that, it’s also a gorgeous movie to look at. I just got this on blu ray (along with A Clockwork Orange, Full Metal Jacket and 2001: A Space Odyssey) , and I think I just justified owning a blu ray player with this movie alone.

    5 axes out of 5, easily.


    March 21, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    i love this movie.
    and it was a good review btw

    it is strange i have watched this movie like a million time.
    it makes a little bit sense like they are ghost or some sort of that.
    and they are just trying to make you insane because they got nothing better to do. and it is great to se jack turn from sane to insane.

    but you would think in the ending that it would make more sense but no.
    in the end you get a picture of jack in the overlook hotel in july 4th 1921

    what is that all about it just raises more questions.
    like was he around in that year???
    or was that his grandfather???
    or maby because he is dead he belongs in the picture with the other ghosts

    and what is up with delbert grady.
    the former caretaker was earl grady.
    so is delbert also the grandfather of earl???
    and why does he call jack the real caretaker and why does he say that he has always bin their.

    those are like my main question when i watch this movie.
    but i gotta say letting people think what the story is about that is kinda awesome.

  • skatevidar

    April 19, 2011 at 5:56 pm


  • Jack Noir

    May 23, 2011 at 5:45 am

    this movie is so fucking boring and overrated as hell

    i swear most people just call it a classic because other people do the same

    such bullshit

    clockwork orange and full metal jacket were a hundred zillion times better

  • Snejku

    May 24, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    Oh no! Not Tuesday!

  • Action_Bastard

    August 9, 2011 at 4:04 am

    Kubrick was a briliant director. I love this movie!

  • mxc82

    September 5, 2011 at 2:04 am

    The bear costume looked like john candy as barf from space balls. Did he do a review on that? If not he should.

  • Juusetti1

    September 9, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    O_O I went and watched this film when we we’re on a vacation in Lapland. My parents we’re away in a food store when I was watching this film alone, in a wooden, hut style house, with snow and woods surrounding me….

    It was one of the scariest days of my life.

  • Kid-Omni-Man

    October 26, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    In the book, the hotel is some kind of entity and the ghosts are people that have stayed at the Overlook and scenes from the past. The hotel has a long a dark history involving all kinds of fucked up shit and people killed there stay on as ghosts serving the “Manager” as the entity sometimes calls itself. The hotel wants Jack to kill his son so that it can get his power. Danny “shines” very powerfully and his finger is an imaginary friend that is a manifestation of his psychic abilities. I listened to the book on audiobook at work when I was on the night shift and it did an excellent job of keeping me entertained, I recommend it.

    • March 15, 2012 at 12:07 am

      Yeah the book was great. SK got kinda pissed at the director for not following through his own plot. I think the director personally believed Jack was just going crazy and there were no ghosts.

  • brick rockwell

    November 4, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    Jack Nicholson playing Jack Nicholson playing a character named Jack Torrance. I love you Jack (btw wat wur u du eng ???)

    mm, bears.

    Kubrick – – – – – – Stanley the Enabler

  • Moap Soap

    September 13, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    These are just some random advertisements that make no sense…

  • March 7, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    OH no not tuesday rofl priceless.

  • April 19, 2013 at 5:44 am

    I like the miniseries The Shinning way more than the original movie.

  • May 15, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    Can you do more reviews for Kubrick films? Like 2001 or Clockwork Orange?

  • John Manz

    September 5, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    When I first saw this. That scene where that guy in a bear suit and the guy in a tux SCARED THE SHIT OUTTA ME

  • Rodrigo Campeador

    February 19, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    In the novel, Jack was described as a well-meaning character. The film’s Jack is described as sinister early on in the film; and that makes him the even crazier version of Johnny Depp.

  • Joe Confrey

    March 7, 2015 at 10:22 pm

    This movie is the only good S.King adaption

  • tyler alford

    November 5, 2015 at 8:34 am

    personally, my favorite movie of all time

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