ORIGINALLY WRITTEN FOR BOSTON HASSLE
First released to a mixed reception in 1980, Stanely Kubrick‘s THE SHINING has since become beloved — at least as much as a horror movie can be. Come on, this isn’t THE BREAKFAST CLUB or STAND BY ME, people. Anyway, even if you haven’t seen it, you KNOW it, thanks to it being referenced by more films and TV shows than THE MATRIX and RAMBO combined (probably) as well as in a slew of top 10 appearances on Greatest Horror Films lists. It seems the only person still snubbing the film is source material author himself, Stephen King.
But whatever, his loss.
Starring Jack Nicholson at his most sinister and Shelly Duvall at her most helpless, THE SHINING tells the story of a family pushed to the limits of sanity. Stressed out and suffering from writer’s block, Nicholson’s Jack Torrence decides to pack up the wife (Duvall) and young kid (Danny Lloyd, whom Kubrick famously kept from knowing he was in a horror film) and ship off to take a job as a caretaker at a remote mountain hotel while it’s closed for the winter.
Snowed in and isolated, Torrence hopes to find inspiration and stress relief, but instead finds more stress… and booze… and a whole bunch of spooky ghosts. Driven into greater and greater mental anguish, Torrence begins to lash out at those he holds most dear.
Just in time for Father’s Day!
THE SHINING (1980) DIR. STANELY KUBRICK [142 min]
6/15 – 1PM, 4PM, and 7PM
$8 // $7 kids and seniors // $10 GA for 7pm screening
40 Brattle Street
Cambridge, MA 02138