Robin saw Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 masterpiece The Shining, and shares his thoughts with us.
Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) takes a job as a housekeeper at the Overlook Hotel during the off-season in Winter. He takes his wife and child with him. In the deserted hotel, Jack wants to write a novel.
Unfortunately, the hotel is haunted and Jack gets crazier and crazier. Finally, he wants to kill his family. He freezes to death in the maze outside the house where he gets lost trying to kill his son. His family manages to escape. In a 1921 photo, Jack is seen surrounded by party guests.
“The spirit of his deceased predecessor says that Jack has always been the housekeeper, so he is a reincarnation in this film. That’s why you see him at the end in the 1921 picture.
At the beginning, the writings run from bottom to top, as they normally do at the end of a movie. Instead, at the end, they fade in as if from nowhere, as they normally do at the beginning. Presumably this signifies that the film is actually a prequel.”
A mileston in movie history.