The Shining


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"All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy" -- or, rather, a homicidal boy in Stanley Kubrick's eerie 1980 adaptation of Stephen King's horror novel. With wife Wendy (Shelley Duvall) and psychic son Danny (Danny Lloyd) in tow, frustrated writer Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) takes a job as the winter caretaker at the opulently ominous, mountain-locked Overlook Hotel so that he can write in peace. Before the Overlook is vacated for the Torrances, the manager (Barry Nelson) informs Jack that a previous caretaker went crazy and slaughtered his family; Jack thinks it's no problem, but Danny's "shining" hints otherwise. While Jack sets up shop in a cavernous lounge with strict orders not to be disturbed, Danny's alter ego, "Tony," is plagued by blood-soaked visions. Frightened by her husband's increasingly detached behavior and Danny's fated visit to the forbidding Room 237, Wendy soon discovers what Jack has really been doing in his study all day, and what the hotel has done to Jack.

Director Stanley Kubrick.  146 mins, Rated R.

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On April 20th, The Jones Library will host Creepy or Scary? Stephen King's The Shining, a discussion led by Marisa Parham, Associate Professor of English at Amherst College

Saturday, April 20 at 2:30 pm in the Jones Library – Woodbury Room

Some Stephen King novels are scary: you jump, you scream, you startle. Others might be better described as creepy, causing uncomfortable sensations by drawing scenes that, while exciting or interesting, nonetheless make us loath to ever think about them again-- they hit too close to home in indescribable ways. Is The Shining creepy or scary? And how much of this distinction is transformed in the translation of the text from novel to film?

Presented in Collaboration with the Jones Library, Amherst and the Amherst BID (Business Improvement District)