August 1, 2011
Warner Home Video
When Jack Torrance finds a job as a caretaker for an old, abandoned hotel during the winter, he thinks of it as the perfect place to focus on his writing. Even his son's misgivings about the move don't deter him. But soon after the Torrances arrive, strange things start happening... and it looks as if the spooky hotel has a plan of its own for Jack and his family.
Stephen King and Stanley Kubrick clashed over the production of "The Shining." One surreal anecdote records a telephone call from Kubrick to King in the wee hours of the morning in which the director asked the author "Do you believe in God?" Upon answering "yes," Kubrick responded, "I thought so," and hung up. For years King railed against the film, but said he came to appreciate the psychological style of horror that Kubrick was mining years later. A television mini-series based on the novel follows the novel much more faithfully.