The Shining: King vs. Kubrick

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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.
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Jennie Rothenberg Gritz is The Atlantic's digital features editor. More

Jennie Rothenberg Gritz, an Atlantic senior editor, began her association with the magazine in 2002, shortly after graduating from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. She joined the staff full time in January 2006. Before coming to The Atlantic, Jennie was senior editor at Moment, a national magazine founded by Elie Wiesel.

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