One of the most curious decisions in the history of cinema was back in May of 1980 when Stanley Kubrick deleted the final moments of his adaptation of Stephen King’s The Shining after hitting theaters. Maybe it was the mixed critical reaction, or maybe because he realized it was just freakin’ stupid (’cause it is), but either way it’s never been seen again.
Thanks to fan site The Overlook Hotel, run by Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich, we can now use the power of imagination to view the final scenes. The site has shared the 4 pages of the screenplay that were snipped from the infamous psychological horror tale that starred Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall and Danny Lloyd. Since a few still images remain, it’ll help you play the story out in your head. Below you’ll find the pages, which take us into a hospital where both Wendy and Danny are recovering from the ax-attack.
“This hospital epilogue was located between the shot of Jack frozen in the snow and the long dolly shot through the lobby that ends on the July 4, 1921 framed photo,” explains the site. READ MORE
We have only one week until Halloween so I bet drop filling your bags with a few more treats!
This afternoon’s edition focuses on Stanley Kubrick’s legendary 1980 The Shining, in which a family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father (Jack Nicholson) into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future.
A bit of fun to kick off the post as we’ve added some faux 1980′s inspired trading cards created by blog site Maninthewarmestplacetohide. See the Grady Twins, the Sno-Cat, and a decomposed old woman!
In more interesting news, at the end of the film you’ll see a photo of Jack Torrance with the entire dinner party from years past. The Overlook Hotel has shared the original, unaltered period photo into which actor Jack Nicholson was composited to create the iconic photograph seen in the final shots of The Shining! According to the site, these images were found in a book entitled “The Complete Airbrush and Photo-Retouching Manual,” which was originally published in 1985. The author of the book was the retouching artist responsible for creating the composited image. READ MORE
The story revolves around a mother and daughter who escape an ugly custody battle with the girl’s father by retreating to a dilapidated apartment building. Instead of finding solace, though, they are haunted by the ghost of a young girl whose family used to live there.
Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) gets a job as the custodian of the Overlook Hotel, in the mountains of Colorado. The place is closed down during winter, and Torrance and his family will be the only occupants of the hotel for a long while. When the snow storms block the Torrance family in the hotel, Jack’s son Danny – who has some clairvoyance and telepathy powers – discovers that the hotel is haunted and that the spirits are slowly driving Jack crazy. When Jack meets the ghost of Mr. Grady, the former custodian of the hotel who murdered his wife and his two daughters, things begin to get really nasty…