The Shining (1980) Review, Rating and Synopsis

The Shining (1980)

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  • Release Date:  1980
  • Genre:  Haunted House
  • Director:  Stanley Kubrick
  • Screenwriter:  Diane Johnson, Stanley Kubrick, Stephen King
  • Cast & Crew: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, Scatman Crothers, Barry Nelson, Philip Stone, Joe Turkel, Anne Jackson, Tony Burton, Lia Beldam, Billie Gibson, Barry Dennen, David Baxt, Manning Redwood, and Lisa Burns.

The Shining (1980) Rating:

  • Dylan = 10 / 10;
  • Eloise = 9 / 10;
  • Raoul = 10 / 10;
  • Ronan = 10 / 10;
  • Simina = 9.5 / 10;
  • IMDB = 8.4/10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes = 9.3/10.

The Shining (1980) Synopsis:

A man is recruited, along with his wife and son, to watch over an isolated hotel over the winter.

The Shining (1980)Review:

I won’t take much risk by stating first that The Shining is one of the best horror movie ever made. The proof is that it legitimately appears in most of the top 5 if not top 3 of everyone’s best horror movies list.

The story is absolutely amazing. No wonder, since it was adapted from Stephen King’s novel of the same name. As if it wasn’t enough, the film is also perfectly directed by Stanley Kubrick, who managed to create such a powerful and unforgettable horror atmosphere. The result is not only a film that is genuinely scary but one that cleverly mixes creepiness with beautiful shots, convoluted story, and complex characters.

The main reasons why this film is so awesome is also the unforgettable acting of Jack Nicholson. The last part of the film when he goes berserk is probably the best acting performance, or at least one of the most notorious, in the history of horror movies. One of the reasons why Nicholson acting is so special is that Kubrick purposively asked him to re-shoot each scene over and over, so that Nicholson would naturally become more aggressive, using his eyebrows, raising his voice, and making exaggerated faces.

The Shining is simply a must watch for everyone and the perfect horror film for me.

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