YMMV / The Shining

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    Novel 
  • Designated Villain: Nobody likes Mr. Ullman, Jack repeatedly calls him an "officious little prick'', but he never does anything to anyone. At most he openly worries about Jack's past before hiring him anyway.
  • Growing the Beard: Stephen King felt that the point where he wrote Jack Torrance as a sympathetic antagonist was the point where he got better at writing.
  • It Was His Sled: Jack going crazy in general—particularly pronounced in the book where Danny has repeated dreams and visions of a monstrous creature trying to kill him and yelling at him to "take your medicine." Most readers know the creature will end up being Jack long before they get to the climax of the book.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Jack himself. Even though he was the author of so many of his own failures in life, he and his family are trapped in an impossible situation. If not for the malevolent, supernatural hotel, Jack's caretaking job probably would have gone off without a hitch. Keeping his family at the Overlook leads to disaster, but leaving the hotel would have ultimately been almost as bad for them.
  • Never Live It Down: For the game of roque, this is a lot of people's only experience with the sport. This is what you get if you Google Image what a roque mallet looks like.
  • Strawman Has a Point: Along with Villain Has a Point, while he's stalking Danny, Jack is at least a little angry that Danny took the master key and went into Room 217, when he'd been expressly forbidden to go into any of the guest rooms, and (although Jack didn't know it), had promised Hallorann he wouldn't. Kid was trespassing, and if he'd kept his promise, he probably would have avoided the encounter with Mrs. Massey.
  • What an Idiot : After Jack finds the scrapbook in the basement, he calls Ullman and threatens to write a tell-all about the hotel. Ullman is understandably chuffed, then Jack continues to rub it in. Why? Because Ullman discussed Jack's drinking problem and his getting fired from his previous job, and noted misgivings about hiring him. In other words, because Jack felt embarrassed. What the Hell, Hero?.
  • The Woobie: Roger (in the book at least; his appearances in the movie and the miniseries are just random events). It's hard to not feel sympathetic for a victim of domestic abuse and homophobia to the point of being broken down to thinking he is a pedophiliac dog.

    Film 
  • Adaptation Displacement: None of the iconic scenes from the film (the ghosts of the girls, the blood in the elevator, "All work and no play...", the "Here's Johnny!" line) are in the book.
    • Technically, the girls were Grady's daughters; they're mentioned in the book, but did not appear to Danny. The line "Come and play...forever..." was uttered by a thing in the playground's cement tunnel, in one of the book's creepier scenes. It's never stated what the thing in the tunnel is, but it can be assumed it's the malevolent ghost of a child who died on the playground, making the film girls an example of a Composite Character.
    • An interesting case is the hedge maze, which plays a pivotal role in the movie. In the book, it is a topiary garden which comes to life, sort of.
    • In addition to the "Here's Johnny!" line, Jack attacking his family with an axe has become iconic in its own right. It was a roque mallet in the book.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: The Creepy Twins were trying to warn Danny about what will happen to him and his family if they stay in the hotel. Grady does tell Jack that one of them tried to burn the hotel down, which could suggest that they were bored, or it was an accident — or they knew of the hotel's evil even before it drove their father insane.
    • Jack finds a beautiful, nude woman in Room 237 who allegedly strangled Danny. Instead of informing the authorities,...he just says nothing and makes out with her; a complete stranger. Was he just being an asswipe as usual, cheating on his wife with his son's attacker or was he, perhaps, lured by her beauty being under a "spell" of some kind before she turns into an old, cackling corpse?
  • Anachronism Stew: The ghostly scenes in the hotel ballroom seem to have occurred in the early 1920s, however the song playing in the ballroom, "Midnight, the Stars and You" by Al Bowlly and Ray Noble, was produced in 1934.
  • Broken Base:
    • The movie did this for King's fans, some of whom feel Kubrick's reinterpretation is valid, even brilliant, despite the liberties he took with King's story; others feel that Kubrick sacrificed too much of King's character development and backstory for a chilly, impersonal adaptation. See They Changed It, Now It Sucks below.
    • Even among people who liked the movie, is it better than the book, just as good, or inferior? No matter what opinion you have, someone will come after you.
    • The DVD commentary provides tons of insight into the technical aspects of the production and filming. They also praise Kubrick for elevating King's mere "ghost story" of a novel.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: The "dog costume" scene in the movie. It actually supposed to be a reference to Overlook's original hotel manager Horace Derwent and his lover Roger, who have quite creepy scenes concerning their relationship in the book. But since Kubrick's version didn't even bother to explain who the characters were, it becomes a completely random moment. Which makes it Narm for some, an epic Mind Screw for others. His appearance in the miniseries is also rather random, not helped by the fact that he says some rather narm-tastic lines.
  • California Doubling: Like any later Kubrick films, England Doubling - this time for Colorado.
  • Crazy Awesome: Come on, how can you not love insane Jack Torrance? He's a friggin' riot!
  • Death of the Author: There are countless interpretations of what the movie is about and what happens in it. Kubrick revealed his true intentions in an interview with Michel Ciment, where he says that the ghosts were real, that Grady rescuing Jack from the storeroom was intended as proof that the ghosts were real, that the indications that it's all in the characters' heads are a giant Red Herring and that Jack was a reincarnation of the man who was at the July 4th Ball. For the most part, this interview has been ignored by theorists, either because of this trope, because Kubrick was known to lie and misinform or out of genuine ignorance of its existence.
  • Epileptic Trees:
    • Many interpretations of the movie. There's even a 2012 documentary film called Room 237 detailing some of these.
    • There are a few theorists who are genuinely convinced that Stanley Kubrick was responsible for faking the moon landing, and that The Shining is his attempt at coming to terms with his guilt and confessing his fakery to the world. According to this interpretation, Jack Torrance (an artist living in extreme isolation from his family while working on a project of great personal importance) is meant to be a Author Avatar for Kubrick, who was forced into extreme isolation while filming the fake moon landing for NASA. Also, the number "237" is a reference to the 237,000 miles in the average distance between the Earth and the Moon, Room 237 is a stand-in for the soundstage where the landing was filmed, and Danny's "Apollo 11" sweater is a clue to the film's true meaning.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Shelley Duvall revealing that she'd long been suffering from severe mental illness in 2016 hits this one in-universe and out, as the psychological torment Kubrick put her through may have exacerbated it.
  • I Am Not Shazam: Thanks to the Here's Johnny scene, the uninitiated would often believe Jack's name is "Johnny." Whenever the scene gets parodied, more often than not, the stand-in for Jack would refer to themselves in third person.
  • It Was His Sled: The ending photograph.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • HERE'S JOHNNY!
    • And to a lesser extent: "RED RUM! RED RUM!"
    • "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy."
    • Jack's frozen corpse is popular for use in image macros joking about snow or the cold.
    • "Come play with us, Danny... forever... and ever... and ever..." Expect any set of twins, real or fictional, creepy or not, to be hit with this at least once.
  • Narm: In context, the infamous "dog costume" scene is supposed to be scary. However, since the movie doesn't bother explaining it, it becomes hilarious.
    • The sudden zoom effect - complete with abrupt music change - certainly adds to this.
    • Wendy's reactions to all the weird stuff going on can be seen as pretty funny. In that particular scene, she doesn't even scream (though obviously she's completely on edge at that time) — she just heads away, as if thinking "Ooookay, moving on."
    • At the end, Jack's moaning is really over-the-top. The shot of his body the next morning looking like he needs to poo really bad can induce tittering as well.
    • The smash cuts with scare chords that tell the date. ("Oh no, not Tuesday!")
    • The scene where the corridor floods with blood... and then a chair floats by.
    • The look on Jack's face when he sees the lovely naked lady in the tub.
    • The look on Danny's face during his nightmare. Somewhere between "I just drank a gallon of Coke" and "I'm having an epileptic seizure." Note that this is actually because Danny Lloyd had no idea of the scene's context due to Kubrick wanting to protect him from being traumatized; he was simply told to do a generic "afraid" face.
    • Jack, frozen to death, staring blankly off camera. In the 80's it was almost one last scare. Now that it's become a meme about winter (see Memetic Mutation above) it's more likely to inspire knowing smirks.
    • "All work and no play make Jack a dull boy!" It's unnerving at first, but when he's shown to have written an entire manuscript, it borders on being humorous.
    • The "Great party, isn't it?" ghost. Though he has a grotesque head wound, his cheery demeanor—especially when compared to Wendy's hysteria—can come across this way.
  • Signature Line: "HEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEERE'S JOHNNY!"
  • Signature Scene:
    • The Creepy Twins at the end of the hallway.
    • The wave of blood.
    • Jack frozen in the hedge maze.
    • Bear-Dog Guy.
    • Jack chopping down the door and then going "Heeeeere's Johnny!" is one of the most iconic of them all.
  • Special Effects Failure: Averted - Kubrick originally wanted to adapt the topiary scene, but realized there'd be no way to make it look convincing onscreen. The garden maze stood in for it.
  • Straw Man Has A Point: When Wendy tells Jack about what happened to Danny in room 237, his reaction is "Are you out of your fucking mind?" and we're supposed to think that he's acting like a complete Jerk Ass. However, before this, Jack was wrongly accused of hurting Danny and never even got to defend himself as Wendy yelled at him and ran away. And now that she's suddenly coming to him for help with a story that sounds pretty ridiculous, it's not that hard to see why Jack wasn't exactly cheery. Not that it justifies the other Jerk Ass things he's done though.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: The movie for many of the book's fans. Outside of them, in both mainstream audiences and horror movie geeks, it's considered one of the best horror films ever. On the other hand, Stephen King explicitly feels this way about it, mainly because Kubrick took out Jack's redemption. Specifically, King has stated that he thinks the film is a good horror film but a poor adaptation.
  • Vindicated by History: Kubrick's version was panned by critics on release to the point where it won Kubrick a Golden Raspberry Award nomination for Worst Director. Nowadays it is considered one of the masterworks of horror.
  • "Weird Al" Effect: More people assume "Here's Johnny!" is from this film, rather than The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Funnily enough, Stanley Kubrick himself (who had been living in Great Britain since the early 60s, and generally didn't keep up with American talk shows) apparently didn't even realize where the line was from. If he had, he may not have allowed Jack Nicholson to Throw It In!.

    Mini Series 
  • Broken Base: The miniseries tends to attract rather... divided opinions, too.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Stephen King based the Overlook Hotel on a certain real life hotel he visited... The Stanley Hotel. Stanley Kubrick of course used another setting altogether, but the TV miniseries was filmed in the actual hotel.
  • Narm: Near the end of the Miniseries, Jack rides an elevator into the basement while yelling, "Noooooooo!". What makes it amusing is that he seems to wait to yell until he passes by Wendy and Dick. Seconds later, Danny shows up and tells both that they have to get out, but the way he pronounces "Dick" is amusing.
  • So Okay, It's Average: General consensus on the miniseries is that it's pretty decent, if a bit goofy and mixing in with the Special Effects Failure. One of the most liked things of the miniseries is making Jack a borderline Woobie, who really does love his family and wants to make amends with them, even going out of his way to give up drinking, completely different from the semi already unstable Jack within Kubrick's version.
    • The miniseries is also Better on DVD , with a few viewings, particularly the characterization of Wendy and the fact that we get to spend some time with a nice family. This is one thing that's missing from the Kubrick version: the good part of the Jack and Wendy relationship, and an understanding of why she stays with him.
  • Special Effects Failure: Played straight in the miniseries, where the animated topiary animals are shown with utterly hideous CGI. Looks like Kubrick was right.
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