Stephen King famously disowned Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 adaptation of his classic horror novel The Shining, which says a lot about how “bad” an adaptation it actually was. In actuality, Kubrick’s movie is a great, dark and ambiguous film, and has rightly been branded as one of the greatest horror movies ever made. Though, as an adaptation of King’s book, it plainly sucks. The two share a few common plot elements, but the style is totally different: Kubrick plays it vague and clinical, whilst King writes with real emotion and detail.
So whereas The Shining is a wonderful movie (as is the book), Kubrick merely took the basic idea (man goes crazy and tries to murder his family in a secluded hotel in the mountains) and created a tapestry of horror in and around its plottings. Both great, both entirely different.
With that, the folks over at CineFix have decided to walk you through every alteration on the road from page to screen. From minor changes to characters and motivations to modifying major plot points – it’s all covered.
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