31 Nights of Horror. Night 20: The Shining

Jack Nicholson in the famous “Here’s Johnny” scene
Jack Nicholson in the famous “Here’s Johnny” scene (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Shining (1980) is one of my favorite movies. I have watched it so many times that I can practically cite it line-by-line. It is a great story, even though is does not stay on pace with Stephen King’s story all that much.

Jack Nicholson is brilliant. He nailed the role of “Jack” and set a standard for every other creepy stalker guy in film today. Did you know that he ad-libbed the now famous, Here’s Johnny!, line and it wasn’t in the script?

Danny (Danny Lloyd) is great as well. Did you know that he was told during filming that the movie was a drama so that he wouldn’t get scared.

Also did you know that the outside shots of the hotel are actually the Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood in Oregon? Contrary to popular belief the hotel Estes Park, Colorado, The Overlook Hotel, was not the hotel in the film. It was used for the made-for-tv version of the movie.

Also did you know that almost all of the movie was filmed on sound-stages in London.

What is your favorite scary movie?


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