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Extended Version of The Shining Takes an Axe to UK’s Film4 FrightFest

Extended Version of The Shining Takes an Axe to UK's Film4 FrightFestWhen The Shining originally hit theaters back in 1980, it ran two minutes longer than the version we’re all familiar with, including a hospital scene that Kubrick cut out a week into the film’s theatrical run. Now that scene is being put back into the film for a special screening…

…which is, needless to say, a must-attend for all of you UK fans. Read on!

This year’s Film4 FrightFest kicks off in London on August 21st, and we’ve just learned that the extended cut of The Shining will screen on Sunday night, August 24th. The 146-minute version includes a scene at the end of Wendy Torrance in a hospital bed, being told by Mr. Ullman that Jack’s body couldn’t be found. The screening will mark the first time the deleted scene has been publicly shown since the movie’s original theatrical release.

It’s interesting to note that Kubrick’s horror masterpiece was heavily cut for all past UK releases, typically running a whopping 25 minutes shorter than even the standard US version. We hope this makes up for that, UK fiends!

Head over to the Film4 FrightFest website to purchase tickets to the screening, which again takes place on August 24th, beginning at 6:10 pm. Producer Jan Harlan will be in attendance for a special Q&A session, which is the cherry on top of this tasty treat.

Regularly topping critical lists as a masterpiece of modern horror, Stanley Kubrick’s carefully nurtured ghost story based on the bestseller by Stephen King focuses on the primal fear of murderous family breakdown.

Failed schoolteacher and would-be writer Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson in an iconic turn) is offered the winter caretaker job at the luxurious Overlook Hotel in the Colorado Mountains. Seeing it as an opportunity to work on his novel in an isolated environment, he moves into the snow-bound edifice with his wife, Wendy (Shelley Duvall), and son, Danny (Danny Lloyd). But his son has a special mental power – ‘the shining’ – to see things that no one else can and has visions of the previous murders and premonitions of his father’s homicidal tendencies in this scary and resonant classic.

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Debi Moore

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