The Shining
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The Shining 1980

A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future...

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One of my all time favorites 8.5/10
8.2/10 its a really good movie, classic. But wow can you believe it's 34 years old O.O
That yellow poster of The Shining reminds me of Chucky. Excellent movie though. Book is even better.
I saw this when it first came out in the theatres and loved it ever since!
Yes, i am THAT OLD!
The Shining with Jack Nicholson is a true horror classic--don't pass this one up!
I am a young, inexperienced but open to advice 16 year old, writer and movie critic. With that being said, this movie shocked me with how pure it was. Absolutely an amazing, classic horror story. I love movies that give you that sensation that absolutely paralyzes you from head to toe, and this movie did just that.
Wow one of the old classical scary Movies! Perfect
Classic, Jack Nicholson is perfect in this. Alot of people say this a scary film, I can't say that I agree, Tho it is some what scary.
I can't believe I've never written a review for The Shining! It's tied with 2001: A Space Odyssey as my favorite Stanley Kubrick movie, and I think that it's the best horror movie ever made. As with all Kubrick movies, The Shining is very methodical. But the slow pace sucks you in, letting the viewer soak in the quietly building creepiness, eerily beautiful images, and unhinged performances. The Shining has perhaps the best slowly-built tension I've ever seen in any movie. It starts out mildly eerie, and by the last half-hour has turned into an all-out horrifying, surreal nightmare.

With that being said, The Shining is also hilarious - I think this may be the only truly successful combination of horror and comedy. I love the hell out of horror-comedies like An American Werewolf in London and Evil Dead 2, but those movies definitely sacrifice scares for laughs. The Shining somehow manages to be both laugh-out-loud funny and one of the scariest movies ever made - it's a bizarre balancing act that makes The Shining unique in the world of horror movies.

Much credit for the awesome mix of humor and horror obviously goes to Jack Nicholson. His performance is gleefully deranged, inspiring plenty of uneasy laughter and deep chills. Nicholson deservedly has won endless praise for his performance, but Shelley Duvall has gone mostly unnoticed as his terrified wife. I think Duvall's performance is criminally underrated - maybe people ignore her because she plays a homely, pathetic oddball in a genre that's usually filled with supermodels. Instead of the usual vapid horror victim, Duvall is sweet, awkward, and near the end her character reaches a completely believable level of absolute terror.

The Shining is absolutely hypnotic, and one of the few films I wouldn't hesitate to call perfect. Kubrick tried his hand at a 'genre' film and ended up making a gorgeous, hilarious, terrifying work of art that remains unsurpasssed as the best horror movie ever.

My ratings of Kubrick films:
1. The Shining / 2001: A Space Odyssey - 10's
2. A Clockwork Orange - 9.5
3. Eyes Wide Shut - 9.5
4. Full Metal Jacket - 9.5
5. Dr. Strangelove - 9
6. Barry Lyndon - 8
Hands down, the best horror movie I've ever seen. A masterpiece.
A classic. The setting is amazing, it reminds me of some of the earliest horror writting.