In Dr. Sleep, Stephen King’s sequel to The Shining, we discover that a grown-up Danny Torrance isn’t such a nice guy. Were the clues there all along?
I thought I’d heard every Shining fan theory out there, but like a gift that keeps on giving, Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of Stephen King’s bestselling chiller continues to spawn creative interpretations—some holding incredible validity. From the hidden themes of abuse to the idea that the film starts off in reality but transitions into the “fictional” world of Jack’s novel, more is revealed as each layer is pulled back and exposed.
At the end of April, we shared part 1 of an exploration of The Shining created by videographer Ain’t Logic on YouTube. The crux of that one is that there are no ghosts in The Shining and that the supernatural intrusions are actually manifestations of Danny’s ability to “shine”. Part 2 was released over the weekend and it takes this line of inquiry one step further:
What if Danny is actually the villain of The Shining?
Related Article: Besides Characters & Setting Are King’s SHINING and Kubrick’s SHINING Even the Same Story?
They go on to explain how, like his son, Jack has the ability to “shine” but never had someone like Mr. Hallorann to explain this ability. Confused, Jack turned to alcohol to suppress his terrifying powers. When deprived of alcohol at The Overlook, Jack became unable to resist the effects of Danny’s more-powerful abilities, while also experiencing the return of his own (specifically, telekinesis, exhibited when Jack unlocks the storage room door to free himself).
You can check out Part 1 in the Related Article in the link above or jump right into Part 2 below. Give it a spin and let us know what you think in the Comments section. Is Danny the actual villain of The Shining? Was Jack merely driven insane by his son’s psychic intrusions? Let the debates begin!
Official Synopsis: Part 2 of The Shining analysis where I focus on Danny and all of the “ghosts” in the hotel.
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.
Related Article: 10 Amazing Facts About “The Shining”