heard Kubrick's version of the movie wasn't same as the book...

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Sunlight Gardener

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In the book it's the hotel's madness that takes over Jack and leads him down the road to madness. In the movie Jack is crazy-as-a-loon from the get-go. You don't think so? Watch it again and watch Jack's face as he's driving his family up to the Overlook for the first time. He's bat-sh*t nutso! He despises his family, he hates them. I'm surprised he didn't just reach over Wendi, open the door on her side and push her out.

You are SO right about that. I posted the exact same thing in another Shining thread. You can tell on the drive up he is already looking for any excuse to massacre both of them lol. The hotel seems almost an afterthought in terms of Jack's drive to commit murder. You're spot on, he friggin hates both of them and wants them dead from the get go.
 

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You are SO right about that. I posted the exact same thing in another Shining thread. You can tell on the drive up he is already looking for any excuse to massacre both of them lol. The hotel seems almost an afterthought in terms of Jack's drive to commit murder. You're spot on, he friggin hates both of them and wants them dead from the get go.

Too bad he didn't pop a cap in their azzes before he hit the hotel.
 

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You are SO right about that. I posted the exact same thing in another Shining thread. You can tell on the drive up he is already looking for any excuse to massacre both of them lol. The hotel seems almost an afterthought in terms of Jack's drive to commit murder. You're spot on, he friggin hates both of them and wants them dead from the get go.

i remember my friend telling me that the reason he didnt want to tell his wife in the movie about the supposedly haunted hotel was because he was a bit of a jerk, and was more concerned w/ writing and money than his family. if he is really more of a family man in the book, and the hotel drives him as crazy as you say it does, i get the feeling i am gonna really enjoy the book a lot!
 

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in reference to Danny and his finger, i saw UHF for the first time soon after having watched The Shining, i wouldnt have EVER gotten the reference to "redrum", and had fits of laughter over it, had i not known about it, it was just sooooo funny!
 

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The Kubrick movie is iconic and really put King on the map. The movie is great. The book is great. The TV movie is typical TV. Elliott Gould stands out though for his brief but horrible overacting. His scene in front of the hotel might the worst in the history of TV. I wondered if he had a brain injury before filming that or some grievance with his agent for getting him that role. I did like Rebecca De Mornay. She was pretty good.
Thanx, this adds to my ability to play Six Degrees.
 

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Shelly doesn't bother me but I can't stand Danny. How horrible is that to hate a child actor's performance? ;-D I love the movie but Danny really gets on my nerves. I think what contributes to my dislike (which is not the fault of the kid) is the way that Tony appears. I do not like that talking to the finger stuff.
I hated the finger even before I read the book. Lame.
 

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i remember my friend telling me that the reason he didnt want to tell his wife in the movie about the supposedly haunted hotel was because he was a bit of a jerk, and was more concerned w/ writing and money than his family. if he is really more of a family man in the book, and the hotel drives him as crazy as you say it does, i get the feeling i am gonna really enjoy the book a lot!
The bottom line for me is that the movie just doesn't make a whole lottta sense. In terms of storytelling it's a failure.
 

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i was confused about some of the stuff like the well known scene w/ the elevator. i never heard of it, and didnt know it was supposed to be iconic, neither did i know the 2 girls were supposed to be well known for horror movie scenes, the movie didnt really scare me. but i bet back in the 70s it scared a lot of people.
 

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i was confused about some of the stuff like the well known scene w/ the elevator. i never heard of it, and didnt know it was supposed to be iconic, neither did i know the 2 girls were supposed to be well known for horror movie scenes, the movie didnt really scare me. but i bet back in the 70s it scared a lot of people.
I think that the two girls, the twins in the hallway I assume that you mean, have been well known only because of The Shining. I haven't read the book for nine years so I'm not safe in assuming that the iconic elevator blood flood scene was mentioned in the book in any way, but I think that it wasn't, and so that it was another Kubrick invention.
 

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in reference to Danny and his finger, i saw UHF for the first time soon after having watched The Shining, i wouldnt have EVER gotten the reference to "redrum", and had fits of laughter over it, had i not known about it, it was just sooooo funny!

I read the book when I was so young. I am embarrassed to say that I did not get the Redrum till it all came down.

The elevator scenes in the book were far more horrifying. Clinks of it moving.
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And how bout scaring the wits out of you with a fire hose?
 

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Even though it strays from the book, Kubrick's version is one of my favorite movies ever. The book is one of my favorite stories, though, and I can only enjoy both by accepting that they are very different.
I haven't watched the TV movie.
 

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i remember my friend telling me that the reason he didnt want to tell his wife in the movie about the supposedly haunted hotel was because he was a bit of a jerk, and was more concerned w/ writing and money than his family. if he is really more of a family man in the book, and the hotel drives him as crazy as you say it does, i get the feeling i am gonna really enjoy the book a lot!
Oh, you'll love the book, trust me.
 

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I love movies.. so when I see a movie 'based' on a book (especially a book I have read) I have to tell myself that it is solely 'based' on the book.
I will tell people .. " if you loved the movie, you should read the book... it's so much better" . And if I haven't read the book and liked the movie, I will make a note to read that book.

But you really have to think about it.. movies are all of about 2 hours.. there is NO way in hell they can build up the characters to match SK's and tell the story in that amount of time.
I watch them for what they are.. not what they should be.. and I'm usually not disappointed that way (unless the movie itself just totally sucks) lol
 

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For me, the images I build in my head while interpreting what SK has written always have and always will far outweigh anything that can be portrayed in a movie.

I tend to agree with this, although I think there are some casting choices that have hit the nail so squarely on the head it's . . . well . . . scary.

Keith Gordon as Arnie Cunningham is one of these guys for me; and Laura San Giaccomo (sp?) as Nadine Cross.

Very chilly.
 

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Too bad he didn't pop a cap in their azzes before he hit the hotel.
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