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The Shining (1980) - Stanley Kubrick

I have been watching this movie for years. It's one of my favorites. Earlier last year I finally got around to reading the source material. This movie sure takes it's liberties, but why not? It's a fine improvement on the original piece of literature. Although, the book is still fine on it's own. I tend to regard this movie as a separate thing altogether. The subtext that Stanley Kubrick adds is phenomenal. It brings an entirely different element of horror to the movie. An element that just isn't there in the writings. It's creepy and terrifying. Quite a masterpiece. 
A broken family becomes the winter caretakers at a secluded hotel in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. This hotel, built on top of an ancient Indian burial ground, is an evil place that is out to haunt and kill it's caretakers. Jack Nicholson, Shelly Duvall, and Danny Lloyd play the family living in the house this winter. Jack succumbs fully to the houses power while his wife and son struggle to …