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Adapting stories from novels to the big screen is always tricky. There’s a good chance the end product will be a complete success, while following the plot from the book to the letter often results in mild satisfaction.

But in rare cases, a film misses the novel’s point completely, only to result in becoming one of the well known and respected movies ever made. Of course, we’re talking about “The Shining,” a psychological horror film based on Steven King’s 1977 novel of the same title.

Even though King’s novel and Stanley Kubrick’s movie plot are significantly different, whenever you hear someone quoting the “Here’s Johnny!” line, you immediately know which movie it’s from – and you can bet it’s for a good reason.

The Basics

This 1980 masterpiece tells us the story of Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson). He’s a writer and a recovering alcoholic who gets employed as a caretaker at the Overlook Hotel.

Things go as well as they can until his son Danny (Danny Lloyd) starts having visions of both the future and the past while hanging out with his imaginary friend Tony.

It turns out the hotel was built on a Native American graveyard, which causes little Danny to have a premonition about blood pouring out from an elevator door.

Even though manager Stuart Ullman (Barry Nelson) warns Jack about how the previous caretaker died of cabin fever after murdering his family, Jack decides to stay in order to use the hotel’s isolative surroundings as inspiration for his writing.

After a month, more strange things occur, which ultimately lead Jack to completely losing his mind. This climaxes when Jack ultimately attempts to murder his wife Wendy (Shelley Duvall) and son, only for them to escape while leaving the movie’s main character to freeze in the snow.

Box Office Performance

Despite coming from the mind of a legendary director, “The Shining” didn’t achieve much success initially. However, the film made $44 million by the end of 1980. It ended its screenings shortly after, so this number is considered as the movie’s total earnings.

Conclusion

“The Shining” is without question one of the scariest movies ever made.

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Stanley Kubrick’s ingenuity mixed with Jack Nicholson’s creepiness and the overall eerie atmosphere and surroundings you can witness in the movie all work towards leaving its audience speechless and trembling long after the credits roll.