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The Shining Movie not even close to its namesake!

Discussion in 'The Shining (1980)' started by TONIO, Feb 1, 2014.

  1. TONIO

    TONIO New Member

    The entire point of "the Shining" was lost in the movie! Very little emphasis on the boys powers. The book was so engrossing and scary and got me hooked on Stephen King forever, the moving hedges in the maze, hello!!!! I did enjoy putting faces with the characters, but the "shining" was the bond and the thrill and the movie did not depict that at all. But I figure it is hard to put all the written words into a 2 hour script?
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  2. king family fan

    king family fan Prolific member

    Welcome,glad you are joining us.
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  3. Dana Jean

    Dana Jean Dirty Pirate Hooker Moderator

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    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...good to have you here, and you'll get no argument from me on that "movie"...there really seems to be no middle ground amongst the crew here-we either love it, or it makes us have hives...
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  5. Lisey Landon

    Lisey Landon Well-Known Member

    Welcome to SKMB!
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  6. Neesy

    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    Welcome to the SKMB @TONIO

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  7. doowopgirl

    doowopgirl very avid fan

    Welcome. I love Kubricks film The Shining... BUT as divorced from the book. It's atmospheric and spooky. But I will always prefer the book.
  8. MandarkC

    MandarkC Active Member

    I actually love them both equally. Having watched the Shining as a kid and then now as an aunt (as adult as you can be when you basically just turned 21, I don't know) but I have a huge appreciation for the way Kubrick filmed the Shining. I like how he had his own twist, and I will forever love the ending sequences.

    I discovered the book sometime last year (I don't know why the connection never made it in my head that Kubrick's Shining was Sai King's Shining, but better late then never right?) and fell in love with the story and the explanations of some of the scenes in the movie, as well as the different ending in Sai King's book.

    I think the only way you can really take both the movie and the book is if you use one to explain/enhance the other. For example, I now have the cast in my head as a base outline for the characters in my head when I read the book. For the movie, I have explanations from the book to add to the feelings/atmosphere that the movie depicts for different scenes. (If that made sense)
  9. AchtungBaby

    AchtungBaby Well-Known Member

    Same. Both are better than that awful miniseries, IMO.
  10. doowopgirl

    doowopgirl very avid fan

    Completely agree. IMO The mini seies was awful.
  11. guido tkp

    guido tkp Well-Known Member

    across the world...everyday..there are the uninitiated...
    those who somehow expect, against all odds...against all reason...that a movie will be exactly like the book....

    there are some harry potter fans who cringe...twilight fans who moan over something other than the beefcake...bond fans who get shaken and stirred...and, in the case of this great movie, king fans who chomp rabidly....

    i've read the book 2, 3...4 times...i don't 'member...the movie is not all that far from the mark: i saw it in the theaters when it was released...the book fresh in my memory...never once cried at the HORROR !!

    ...that said, it ain't wholly on targert, either...and, coming from kubrick, i didn't expect it to be: a clockwork orange anyone ??

    it remains in the eyes of many whose souls are not tortured by such things a highly regarded movie of the genre...and well it should be...

    not exactly like the book ?? as a lectroid once bemoaned...so what...big deal
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  12. bigkingfan91

    bigkingfan91 Well-Known Member

    For one thing the original movie wasn't intended to be a mini series, so there was a limit as to what could be fit into a movie. I've always enjoyed the original, I don't always look for movies to be just like the book, as sometimes with a movie there are things that can be changed, to better suit a film. I always thought the original was pretty creepy and a solid movie. The Apollo 11 stuff isn't a big deal to me, as just the casual fan wouldn't notice that stuff, and they would see the movie for the movie, not the fake moon landing stuff... I don't blame King though for not wanting that crap included in the movie, and I'd be furious too to even have my name mixed in with that, but I enjoyed the movie myself. As for the mini series or whatever from years back, I wasn't a big fan of it but it was ok. Some of the filmed versions of Kings work has always seemed cheesy to me, but the earlier big hit movies like The Shining, Carrie, Christine, Cujo, Salem's Lot, etc were great in my book. I haven't even watched Under The Dome, or Haven or any of that, honestly I'm more of a fan of the books. But The Shining original has always stood out for me as a good movie.
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  13. Winter

    Winter Well-Known Member

    I have only read The Shining in the last week, after having loved the movie for always, I never wanted to read it in case I hated the differences and it ruined one or the other for me. It was great...
    I loved how the 1st maybe half to 3 quarters seemed to be reasonably close to the book, basically...but then the ending was so different. I was uber happy that Hallorann survived. It always seemed a bit of a rip off to me that he was set as a possible important character, receive a 'shine' from Danny to come, make it all that way, get in the door and die.
    Anyways, Dr Sleep next I think.
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  14. Winter

    Winter Well-Known Member

    Ugh, Ok my use of the spoiler isnt perfect yet :D
  15. not_nadine

    not_nadine Comfortably Roont

    Aw, I liked the mini-series.. it was much closer to the book, imo.
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  16. Kurben

    Kurben The Fool on the Hill

    I can actually enjoy it as a movie. But he has completely changed from what the book is focusing on. The Book is great, the movie is a so-so horror flic. Nicholson is very good in playing creepy guys and hearing him saying Heres comes Johnny!! is fun. But as an adaptation of the novel it is a failure.
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  17. Sunlight Gardener

    Sunlight Gardener Well-Known Member

    Kubrick's movie scared the ever loving crap out of me as a kid, and it's still creepy as hell. I guess since I saw it before reading the book, the differences never bothered me all that much. Both are awesome in my opinion.
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  18. blunthead

    blunthead Well-Known Member

    Dancin' hives.
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    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

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  20. blunthead

    blunthead Well-Known Member

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