Kubrick's Shining WORST novel adaptation ever!

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Tery

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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.
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.
 

Mel217

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

grin willard

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

grin willard

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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. :)
 

SteveValek

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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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I'm 52. I read the book on a 2 week summer vacation thru DC and Virginia in 1980. Loved the book (easily my favorite King work). Saw the movie when it came out that same year and think it's one of the best horror films of all-time. Scared the **** out of me! Yes, it doesn't hold true to the book, but nobody can say that it isn't a beautifully shot movie....that's plenty scary! They are each fantastic pieces and I appreciate both.
 
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