Based on the Stephen King novel, The Shining was directed by Kubrick from a screenplay he wrote with Diane Johnson.
Jack Nicholson is appropriately cerebral and scary as he alternates between wrestling with writer’s block and wielding an ax. Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, Scatman Crothers, Barry Nelson, Anne Jackson and Joe Turkel are also in the cast. Set largely in a desolate hotel, the movie was a chore for the actors due to the incredibly long hours of shooting each day. As a director, Kubrick was overly exacting. But the result of the hard work comes through on the screen.
Though he was excruciatingly demanding on Duvall, Kubrick took cares to make it a pleasant filming experience for six-year-old Lloyd. It was not until a decade later that Lloyd realized it had been a horror film, because Kubrick and others kept him out of the way during the more violent scenes.
See it all on the big screen tonight.