All work and no play makes Academy Award-winner Jack Nicholson ("As Good As It Gets," "Batman"), the caretaker of an isolated resort, go way off the deep end, terrorizing his young son and wife Shelley Duvall ("Roxanne"). Master filmmaker Stanley Kubrick's ("Full Metal Jacket," "2001: A Space Odyssey") visually haunting chiller, based on the bestseller by master-of-suspense Stephen King ("The Stand," "Carrie," "The Shawshank Redemption"), is an undeniable contemporary classic. Newsweek Magazine calls this "the first epic horror film," full of indelible images, and a signature role for Nicholson whose character was recently selected by AFI for its' 50 Greatest Villains.see more...
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While many argue over which film in Kubrick's filmography is his definitive masterpiece, I must say that this film is perhaps the most serious contender. Perhaps second only, in my opinion, to Full Metal Jacket.
Each frame has an unparalleled sense of complexity that only Kubrick could bring. I've seen this film numerous times and each viewing I find myself noticing new subtext, themes, and new levels of depth that previously went straight over my head.
In short, The Shining is a powerful piece of art that deserves to be experienced time and time again.