The Shining is a 1980 horror film, based on a Stephen King novel. The cast includes Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance, Shelley Duvall as Wendy Torrance and Danny Lloyd as Danny Torrance. The initial reaction of the film was slow; however, after some time it began to gain momentum and eventually began to do well. This is a film that features both murder and madness.
The story is based on a writer, Jack, who takes a job as an off-season caretaker at an isolated hotel called the Overlook Hotel, during the winter. His wife and young son join him at the hotel. The hotel is however riddled with a daunting past. A previous caretaker murdered his wife and two young daughters after the isolation eventually turned him crazy. After some time at the hotel, a snowstorm sets in and Jack begins to descend into madness and attempts to kill his wife and son.
When Jack initially applied for the job, the manager warned him about the previous caretaker, who got what they call cabin fever and killed his whole family my chopping them to death with an axe, before pulling the trigger on himself.
The family arrives at the hotel for a tour and they meet the African-American chef, who shares the same telepathic powers, known as “shining”, with Danny. He also Danny what he has no business going into room 237. However, Danny’s curiosity eventually gets the better of him and he enters room 237. This is the pivotal moment in the film when strange things begin to happen in the hotel and the characters also begin to act in unusual ways. Danny is able to see the gruesome images of the devastating past events of the hotel. Jack is underway in a writing project; however he slowly slips into a state of insanity as a result of the isolation, known as cabin fever. Along with writers block and the demons of the hotel haunting him, Jack has a complete mental breakdown and the situation takes a ominous turn for the worse. Meanwhile, the chef had a feeling that something was wrong at the hotel and gets on a flight to go to the hotel and investigate for himself. When Jack confronts his wife, Wendy, and begins to threaten her, she knocks him unconscious with a baseball bat and locks him in a food storeroom. However, she and Danny are still trapped in the hotel, without any contact with the outside world, not any transportation.
Jack is later released from the storeroom by a ghost that processes the hotel. After he is released, he begins to chop at their family room door with an axe. Wendy frantically grabs Danny and managers to push him out the bathroom window and instructs him to run. However, Wendy is unable to fit through the window after him. Luckily for Wendy, Jack became distracted with the noise of the snow cat, which the chef had used to get to the hotel. Unfortunately upon entering the hotel to investigate what was happening, he was axed to death by Jack, who then pursued Danny in the hedge maze situated outside the hotel. Danny was able to outsmart Jack in the maze and escape from him. Wendy and Danny are able to make an escape in the chef’s snow cat and they leave Jack to freeze to death in the maze.
The Shining seemed to strike an extraordinary balance between the psychological and the supernatural in such a way as to lead you to think that the supernatural would ultimately be expounded by the psychological; however this is not the case.