The Shining: King vs. Kubrick

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The Atlantic, July/August 2010

If Stephen King haunts the Stanley Hotel, who haunts Stephen King? The answer is: Stanley Kubrick. King didn't like Kubrick's movie ("a Cadillac with no engine in it"); he didn't like Jack Nicholson in the main role; years later, he readapted The Shining as an ABC miniseries; but nobody cares about that. The movie scared people silly, once and forever. Trance-like pacing, off-center dialogue, a weird molecular throb of menace--these Kubrickian effects are as much a part of The Shining as the original novel.

Jennie Rothenberg Gritz is a senior editor at The Atlantic, where she edits digital features.

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