Jack Torrance (Nicholson), a frustrated writer, takes a job as off-season caretaker at a remote hotel with wife Wendy (Duvall) and son Danny (Lloyd). The cavernous, empty place holds past secrets that won’t stay hidden, and over time, the atmosphere begins to affect Jack’s temperament — for the worse. When Jack finally grabs an axe and starts bellowing “Heeerre’s Johnny!” you’ll be sorely tempted to rush for the exits yourself.
This brilliant, creepy horror entry from wunderkind director Stanley Kubrick boasts mesmerizing camera work and several bizarre, arresting set pieces. Nicholson is a marvel to watch as his character evolves from a slightly-odd-but-functioning adult to raving psychopath. Scatman Crothers is also memorable as the hotel's only other resident. Based on Stephen King's book, the film has Kubrick's unique (and sometimes twisted) genius all over it. Look for those wild tracking shots as Danny rides his tricycle indoors, and we join him for one extremely spooky ride.
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When writer Jack Torrance (Nicholson)—who has a history of alcoholism and child abuse—takes a job as winter caretaker for a hotel high in the Rocky Mountains, he, his wife (Duvall) and their psychic young son will be isolated until spring. But once the first blizzard closes the road out, the accumulated power of evil deeds committed at the hotel begins to drive Jack mad. Now there may be no escape for his wife and son in this haunting madness, memory and family violence.