The Shining is considered one of Stanley Kubrick’s most enduring works. Even if you’ve never seen the film I can guarantee you recognize this:
And possibly even this:
The movie was adapted from the book of the same name written by legendary horror author Stephen King. King’s opinion of the movie is less than positive. In an interview in 2014 he offered up his opinions on the film:
“The book is hot, and the movie is cold; the book ends in fire, and the movie in ice. In the book, there’s an actual arc where you see this guy, Jack Torrance, trying to be good, and little by little he moves over to this place where he’s crazy. And as far as I was concerned, when I saw the movie, Jack was crazy from the first scene. I had to keep my mouth shut at the time. It was a screening, and Nicholson was there. But I’m thinking to myself the minute he’s on the screen, ‘Oh, I know this guy. I’ve seen him in five motorcycle movies, where Jack Nicholson played the same part.’ And it’s so misogynistic. I mean, Wendy Torrance is just presented as this sort of screaming dishrag. But that’s just me, that’s the way I am.”
This harsh criticism likely has to do with the personal nature of the material that King intended to be a metaphor for alcoholism. He may also be a little angry that the movie was more popular than the book.
The entire film takes place in a isolated hotel. But, did you know that the hotel in The Shining is a real, operating business; one that offers reservations and even ghost tours. The Stanley Hotel in Colorado had a long history of paranormal activity even before the movie made it an iconic horror destination. Still, it was always missing one thing:
That’s right, The Stanley Hotel is finally installing the famed hedge maze from the movie. Now guests can experience the joy/terror of getting lost in a seemingly endless maze modeled after one from their favorite horror movies. The maze is still growing so it’s unlikely any adult or child could get lost as the walls are only about 3 feet tall. Guests of the hotel are encouraged to explore so long as they leave their axes at home.
I, for one, can’t wait to see what it looks like when it’s finished growing.