Books v Film, Horror Writing

Books V Film: The Shining

Here’s Johnny

Stephen King’s The Shining by Stanley Kubrick is perhaps one of the most well-known horror films out in the world today.

Many are familiar with the story, the quotes, memorable moments and the countless spoof versions roaming the land.

The Simpsons one is my personal favourite, I love the scene of the blood coming out of the elevator, Mr Burns is not freaked out but confused as the blood normally gets off on a different floor, oh and Homer scaring himself by looking in the mirror is awesome.

But spoofs aside, the book was pretty different, at least in places. To the point where there are rumours that King strongly disliked the Kubrick film due to these changes.

Today I want to talk about the differences between Stephen King’s story and Stanley Kubrick’s cinematic version.

2 thoughts on “Books V Film: The Shining”

  1. I haven’t read the book, but I remember reading and hearing about a number of differences, such as that in the book Jack is much more sympathetic and not nuts from the beginning as he’s been labeled as in the film, and his struggle with alcoholism in the book apparently is much more strongly emphasized.

    The YouTube channel CineFix has an excellent video discussing differences in the book and film (with a few references to the TV miniseries version too).

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