If anyone has a right to shit all over Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, it’s Stephen King.
The 1980 film was an adaptation of King’s novel that he feels is not only cold, but incredibly misogynistic. This isn’t the first time he’s slammed the critically acclaimed psychological horror film that stars Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance, but he does add some new clarity.
“I don’t get it. But there are a lot of things that I don’t get. But obviously people absolutely love it, and they don’t understand why I don’t,” he tells Rollingstone. “The book is hot, and the movie is cold; the book ends in fire, and the movie in ice. In the book, there’s an actual arc where you see this guy, Jack Torrance, trying to be good, and little by little he moves over to this place where he’s crazy. And as far as I was concerned, when I saw the movie, Jack was crazy from the first scene. I had to keep my mouth shut at the time. It was a screening, and Nicholson was there. But I’m thinking to myself the minute he’s on the screen, “Oh, I know this guy. I’ve seen him in five motorcycle movies, where Jack Nicholson played the same part.” And it’s so misogynistic. I mean, Wendy Torrance is just presented as this sort of screaming dishrag. But that’s just me, that’s the way I am.”
There’s a lot more in the interview, including King’s implied hatred for Rodney Ascher’s 2012 Room 237, which is an exploration of various interpretations of Kubrick’s horror film.
…Well, let me put it this way – I watched about half of it and got sort of impatient with it and turned it off.
These guys were reaching. I’ve never had much patience for academic bullshit. It’s like Dylan says, “You give people a lot of knives and forks, they’ve gotta cut something.” And that was what was going on in that movie.
You gotta love the guy’s honesty.