31 Days of Horror – Week Three

15th October – The Shining (1980)

Writer Jack Torrence moves with his wife and son to a remote hotel, where he will be acting as caretaker during the winter months while the hotel is closed. The hotel has a violent past, and soon its dark influence starts to take its toll on Jack and his family. I must admit, I haven’t read the book (it’s on my long to-read list!) but Stephen King’s objections to this film do stick in my mind when watching it. It’s his story after all, and if he hates this adaptation, then I’m disinclined to argue against that. As it happens, two of the main problems that King has with the film are exactly my biggest issues with it: ‘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 … And it’s so misogynistic. I mean, Wendy Torrance is just presented as this sort of screaming dishrag.’ Rolling Stone, 31st October 2014

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