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Movie Monday: The Shining (1980)

A man, his son, and his wife become the winter caretakers of a hotel located in the middle of nowhere. Academy Award winner (Jack Nicholson) stars as “Jack Torrance,” the father and alongside him (Shelley Duvall) and (Danny Lloyd) portrayed as his wife and son. Directed by Stanley Kubrick, “The Shining” is a 1980 classic film based on a disturbing adaptation of Stephen King’s blockbuster horror novel “The Shining.”

Before taking on the job as winter caretaker, Jack is informed by the manager of a previous caretaker who went insane and slaughtered his entire family. Jack, who has a bad history of alcoholism and child abuse, believes this to be no problem and decides to take on the job as winter caretaker of the overlook hotel. Believing that isolation will help him write again, Jack takes refuge in his study, which is when he starts to slip into insanity due to cabin fever and the hotel’s evil spirits controlling him.

Settling into the hotel, Danny starts to tour through the empty corridors and even visits one of the forbidden rooms, numbered 237. Frightened by her husband’s insane behavior and her son’s visit to the room, Wendy soon discovers what Jack has been up to all this time. Her son starts to see disturbing visions of the hotel’s past; these visions are known as the Shining and the only thing that can save both Danny and his mother is “The Shining.”

The Shining is packed with a lot of action and thrilling scenes. It is one of the most psychologically horrifying movies of its time and still is one of the best classics ever. Definitely, a movie that is worth watching. If you are a person who gets scared easily, you shouldn’t watch it alone. You’ve been warned!


Release Date: May 23rd, 1980

Budget: $19 Million

Box Office: $47 Million

IMDB: 8.4/10

Rotten Tomato: 85%

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