Just a Few Examples of How THE SHINING Changed Cinema Forever

It’s closing in on 40 years since Stanley Kubrick unleashed The Shining; and though Stephen King has famously renounced the filmmaker’s adaptation of his novel, there’s no denying that it changed the cinematic landscape forever. It’s impact on horror can’t be overstated, but aspects of The Shining legitimately influenced the entire creative landscape.

With the sequel Doctor Sleep arriving in theaters this November, it’s worth revisiting The Shining. And, as opposed to most films which have a shelf-life of just a few years, The Shining remains worthy of dissection and analytical examination to this day. To that end, our friends at Looper just released a short but sweet video explaining how The Shining changed cinema forever.

“From its ingenious sound design to a limited use of gore to Jack Nicholson’s iconic portrayal of Jack Torrance, The Shining left a permanent mark on horror. Here’s how The Shining changed horror movies forever…and ever…and ever.”

Give it a spin at the top of the article. If it’s been a while, take a stroll down Memory Lane by revisiting the trailer and synopsis for 1980’s The Shining below.

Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) becomes winter caretaker at the isolated Overlook Hotel in Colorado, hoping to cure his writer’s block. He settles in along with his wife, Wendy (Shelley Duvall), and his son, Danny (Danny Lloyd), who is plagued by psychic premonitions. As Jack’s writing goes nowhere and Danny’s visions become more disturbing, Jack discovers the hotel’s dark secrets and begins to unravel into a homicidal maniac hell-bent on terrorizing his family.

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