The Shining: Homages & References

Since its release in 1980, Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of Stephen King’s classic novel has has been parodied and referenced endless times on television and in feature length films. Check out this nice little compilation…


Remington Steele: Etched in Steele (1982) (TV Episode)
Steele tells Laura that the author in their case is just like the one in the movie The Shining. He asks her, “Did you see The Shining?” She answers,”Did anyone see it?”

Full House: The Big Three-O (1987) (TV Episode)
When Danny discovers his car has been destroyed Jesse says ‘You’re smiling like Jack Nicolson did in The Shining’

Smart Guy: Cross Talk (1999) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Floyd

America’s Sweethearts (2001)
“We need a hotel like the one in ‘The Shining’.”

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: The Chick Chop Flick Shop (2007) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Dr. Robbins.

Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)
When they drive up to the lodge, Jacob says, “I’m gonna make a prediction right now: one of us is gonna start writing a novel, and then we all get snowed in, and then Lou’s gonna axe-murder all of us.”

The Big Bang Theory: The Focus Attenuation (2014) (TV Episode)
Sheldon mentions the movie by name.

Terminator 2 (1991)
Just before Miles Dyson gets shot into his house, Danny drives his automatic car through the halls of the house, before he sees something terrible. In ‘The Shining’ the kid of Jack Torrance, who is also named Danny, drives on his three-wheeler through the halls of the hotel, also just before he is going to see something terrible.

Rocko’s Modern Life: Born to Spawn/Uniform Behavior (1995) (TV Episode)
Heffer patrols long corridors on a red tricycle and runs into some creepy twins at the end of a hallway (who claim they’ve always worked there).

Spaced: Beginnings (1999) (TV Episode)
A quick homage to the Grady twins who just want The Shining’s Danny to “come and play” with them.

Dawson’s Creek: Four Scary Stories (2001) (TV Episode)
Joey mentions the scene with the twins.

30 Rock: Future Husband (2010) (TV Episode)
Kenneth says that late at night, two little twin girls told him they wanted to play with him forever.

Supernatural: Live Free or Twihard (2010) (TV Episode)
The twin vampire girls in the Alpha’s vision are dressed like the twin ghost girls.

The Sitter (2011)
Noah mentions the two twins from The Shining.

Modern Family: White Christmas (2015) (TV Episode)
The twins in the hallway and the boy biking.

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Dennis Reynolds: An Erotic Life (2008)
Dee sees twin girls staring at her while in the hallway of Charlie’s apartment building.

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015)
The two Popsicles in SpongeBob’s brain say, “Come play with us, Plankton” just like the Grady twins.

Bob’s Burgers: Crawl Space (2011) (TV Episode)
Bob hallucinates a bar with an extremely understanding bartender.

Passengers (2016)
The bar scene pays tribute to this movie’s bar scene.

CollegeHumor’s The sCHining (2017) (Web Video)
A parody of the bar scene.

Rock & Rule (1983)
Mok quotes the “All work and no play” line.

The Best Man (1999)
Paraphrasing “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”.

Gilmore Girls: The Lorelais’ First Day at Chilton (2000) (TV Episode)
Lorelai tells Emily that having a DSL line will result in all work and no play.

Veronica Mars: Of Vice and Men (2006) (TV Episode)
Piz mentions it.

The Phantom of the Opera (1989)
When Christine realizes that Erik is the Phantom, while listening to the music in the computer, Robert Englund enters saying the line “How do you like it?” in the same way Jack Nicholson did when he finds Wendy in the Colorado Lounge in “The Shining”

Tiny Toon Adventures: The Looney Beginning (1990) (TV Episode)
Gogo says, “Redrum!”

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Puppet Show (1997) (TV Episode)
Xander says, “Redrum! Redrum!”

Sideways (2004)
When Myles and Jack are having dinner with Mya and Stefanie and Myles is getting drunk, we see Jack motion his finger in the same way as the boy in the Shining. He says something like “What does this remind you of?” and then says “Redrum.”

Daria: I Don’t (1998) (TV Episode)
When Daria with her family is approaching Windsor Hills Resorts she intones ‘Redrum, redrum’ together with appropriate hand gesture.

The Neon Demon (2016)
Reference to the famous ‘REDRUM’ scene, using Ruby’s lipstick.

Friday the 13th Part III (1982)
Towards the end there’s a scene where Dana Kimmell’s character is in a closet. Jason hacks through part of the door with an axe, and reaches his hand in only to be stabbed with a large knife.

Children of the Corn (1984)
Both Stephen King adaptions have a scene where a woman hides behind a door and an axe breaks through next to her face

Child’s Play (1988)
In the scene where Chucky tries to slash his way through a door with a knife, is a clear homage to the scene from the shinning where Jack breaks a door with an axe.

Halloween 5 (1989)
Broken door scene is referenced.

Pet Sematary II (1992)
Gus Gilbert breaks down a door and peeks his head in.

Spawn (1997)
Clown says “Here’s Clown-y!”

The King of Queens: Cowardly Lyin’ (2003) (TV Episode)
Carrie peeks through the door and says “Here’s Carrie!”

Seed Of Chucky (2004)
Towards the end of the movie, Chucky knocks a door down with an ax. When there is a big hole in the door, he sticks his head in and grins and says “…..I can’t think of anything to say.”

TMNT (2007)
When Mikey say “Here’s Mikey!”

The Shining Mini Series – Nostalgia Critic (2013)

The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror V (1994) (TV Episode)

Hot Fuzz (2007)
When Sgt. Angel checks into the hotel, he asks to check in. Joyce’s response is a reference to The Shining: “Check in? But you’ve always been here.”

Psych: The Old and the Restless (2008) (TV Episode)
The framed picture of Henry Spencer at the old age home is a reference to the final shot of The Shining – the photograph of Jack Nicholson at the Overlook Hotel’s 1921 4th of July ball.

South Park A Nightmare on Facetime (2012) (TV Episode)

Key and Peele: Episode #3.7 (2013) (TV Episode)
Hotel guest is informed by clerk that he has been at the hotel for years. We then see evidence in a wall photo.

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