The Shining is one of Stephen King’s most lauded novels, but his disdain for Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation is legendary. Still, Kubrick’s film is considered a masterpiece, receiving more attention and analysis than just about any film in the horror genre. So it’s almost paradoxical that King’s bestselling novel and Kubrick’s opus of fear are equally loved by the masses, but King remains indignant decades after the film’s release.
King’s main complaint is that Jack Nicholson was a terrible choice for the character Jack Torrance; that Kubrick’s lead was maniacal from the start as opposed to an “Every Man” who sinks to previously unimaginable depths. King also feels Kubrick ignored the importance of alcoholism as it pertains to Jack Torrance’s story arc.
But here’s a crazy thought: What if the reason King can’t negotiate Kubrick’s The Shining is that they are similar in name alone? Ask yourself: Besides the names and location of each, what else do they have in common? What if Kubrick wounded King so deeply because he never intended on making a faithful adaptation in the first place.
I don’t know how you’ll feel, by my mind was blown after I watched the video below from What is Ain’t Logic. It’s true: I’ll never look at the film the same again. With a postulation that ghosts don’t actually exist in Kubrick’s film and connections to the color red, they make a compelling argument that The Shining by Stephen King and The Shining by Stanley Kubrick aren’t even the same story—not remotely.
Give it a spin and let us know what you think in the Comments section! After that, you can check out the original trailer and synopsis for The Shining below. Enjoy!
Official Synopsis: Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) 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 (Shelley Duvall), 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.
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