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Kubrick's Shining WORST novel adaptation ever!

Discussion in 'The Shining (1980)' started by Christine62, Jan 10, 2014.

  1. Mel217

    Mel217 Well-Known Member

    Here ya go :)
    (Part one: The rest are there too!)
  2. Mel217

    Mel217 Well-Known Member

    South Park had a bit of a heyday with it, too :p
  3. Tery

    Tery Dreaming in Middletown Moderator

    The elevator full of blood really stayed with me because that trailer was the first I saw of the movie. Whatever one thinks of the film, that image is brilliant.
  4. Mel217

    Mel217 Well-Known Member

    Was it this one, Tery? This is a weird (good) one. All I hear is creepy music with the sound of a bug swarm turning into some weird kind of laughter.
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  5. Anduan Pirate Princess

    Anduan Pirate Princess Well-Known Member

    Thank you, Mel217 ! That's hilarious!

    Ooh, I wish I didn't watch that creepy trailer right before having to go to bed! It's crazy how a scene we've all seen a million times can still have that much impact, especially paired with that unsettling soundtrack! :shock:
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  6. Tery

    Tery Dreaming in Middletown Moderator

    The one I saw didn't have any credits to it at all. Just the elevator, blood and, at the end, "The Shining" and the date it was opening.
  7. Mel217

    Mel217 Well-Known Member

    There's a Shining trailer (fan made) out there that is laid out like an episode of Seinfeld. hilarious!
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  8. HedlessChickn

    HedlessChickn Booger Eater Extraordinaire

    As an adaptation, sure it falls short in nearly every way.

    As it's own creation, it is in the upper echelon of the horror genre.
  9. not_nadine

    not_nadine Comfortably Roont

    Anyone have Champ's version that he posted? Where is Champ?
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    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ....he has been MIA for a very long time....I miss his humor and the barbs we traded....
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  11. fushingfeef

    fushingfeef Uber-in-waiting

    I recently watched an interesting video describing how Kubrick arrived at the many changes and departures from the book...
  12. kingricefan

    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    This kind?
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    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...no, not THAT kind you wingnut!.....these:
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  14. Devourer

    Devourer Member

    If by worst you really mean improves upon the book in every way imaginable.

    Despite what King claims, bipolar Jack does not make the character more "complex." Jack's steady mask of sanity slip due to isolation is much better than him going off due to a newspaper scrap book. The book's ending is further proof of how poor King is with capping things off. With its childish big explosion action sequence and lame afterword sentimentality. There's a reason why the movie is constantly listed as better than the source material.

    I know fans take every word of King's as gospel and he certainly has lots of incredible ideas, but the truth of the matter is those gems need lots of polish as well.
  15. grin willard

    grin willard Grin. Boasting a profile u could cut cheese with.

    OUCH! This is gonna get ugly. Ehh, I gotta go to work.
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  16. MarkS73

    MarkS73 Well-Known Member

    Exactly what i was thinking...:biggrin2:

    I do love Kubrick's version of the Shining though...I can like both...:cool:

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  18. grin willard

    grin willard Grin. Boasting a profile u could cut cheese with.

    Alfred Hitchcock:

    "I read the book twice perhaps, and never look at it again."

    "Good literature does not make good pictures."

    Jezus!!! I heard this out of the blue this morning before work, straight from Alfie's lips! For me at least, that ends the argument of novel to film. I gotta go with Hitch. Kubrick must have worked similarly. I've never read the novels adapted to any of Hitch's films, but Psycho was a masterpiece -- every film Hitchcock made prior to Psycho in the 50's were masterpieces, and Vertigo is arguably the most brilliant film I've ever seen. Could any of these films had been better if another director filmed them shot to shot from the book?

    I won't tell you where to find the quotes. Watch the whole damn thing! Gene Siskel & Roger Ebert both called in with questions. :)
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  19. SteveValek

    SteveValek Well-Known Member

    The criticism is good productive criticism...
    The fact the film can stand on its own two feet,is indeed,a good thing all around,and the fact the film differs from the book, doesn't harm the SK book sales..

    Personally,I'm GLAD they are different,and the book is definitely my next purchase,after I've finished this small story paperback called IT :ambivalence:
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