If you were surprised to hear that the role of Dick Halloran has been cast in the upcoming sequel to The Shining, Doctor Sleep, then I can state with absolute certainty: You’ve never read the book. (Carl Lumbly will be playing Halloran, by the way.) Indeed, there are many significant differences between Stephen King’s The Shining and Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 film adaptation (starring Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, and Danny Lloyd). In fact, King’s belief that Kubrick butchered his haunted hotel opus are legendary, meaning the deviations are numerous.
Indeed, Halloran never met with the business end of Jack Torrance’s axe like he did in Kubrick’s film. For an illuminating list of additional differences between The Shining book and movie, check out the video below from our friends at WatchMojo. Give it a spin and let us know what you think in the Comments section! Which difference did you find most intriguing and, if you’ve read The Shining, what are some other differences you’ve noticed?
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If you can’t stream, the Top 10 differences between The Shining book and movie are briefly summarized below the video. After that, you can check out the trailer for Kubrick’s The Shining, a film still regarded as one of the most nuanced and terrifying in cinematic history. Enjoy!
Warning: Below There Be Spoilers!
They’re both terrifying, but often in their own way. Stephen King’s book The Shining and Stanley Kubrick’s corresponding adaptation are both staples of the horror genre, but they’re also very different beasts. WatchMojo ranks the top differences between The Shining book and movie.
1. In the book, Jack Torrance went on a rampage with a croquet mallet, not an axe.
2. There is no hedge maze in the book; there are, however, topiary animals that come to life during the film’s terrifying climax.
3. In the book, the haunted room is #217, not room #237. The change was made at the request of the management at The Timberland Lodge, where the movie was shot, as they didn’t want guests to be afraid of Room 217 (and the hotel doesn’t actually have a Room 237).
4. Many of the film’s most iconic scenes and lines are not in the book, including The twins, the elevator filled with blood, and the endless pages of “All work and no play makes Jack a Dull Boy”.
5. Danny’s “invisible friend” Tony has a much bigger role in the book. In King’s novel, Tony appears in physical form and it’s ultimately revealed he’s actually an older version of Danny attempting to warn himself about the impending danger he faces.
6. In the book, Wendy Torrance is not the submissive, shrinking violet she’s portrayed as in the book.
7. In the book, The Overlook Hotel is more “alive”.
8. Jack Torrance is a more nuanced, complex antihero in the book.
9. Dick Halloran doesn’t die in the book and is extremely important in The Shining’s sequel, Doctor Sleep.
10. In the book, Jack dies when The Overlook Hotel explodes.
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.