May 25 2010

The Shining – 30th Anniversary – May 23, 1980

Sunday marked the 30th anniversary of the release of my favorite movie of all time – Stanley Kubrick’s film adaptation of the Stephen King novel The Shining. The film, which is far superior to the book, is now regarded as a horror classic, though it was not initially given that esteemed honor upon its release in the spring of 1980.  Quite the opposite, in fact.  Kubrick’s re-transformation of the story confused viewers, critics, and even Stephen King, who publicly detested the film.

Funny how a few years can change everything.

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