Stanley Kubrick's The Shining is generally considered one of the best large-scale adaptations in a Stephen King story – and for good reason. (Even if King is not a big fan himself.) Even if you've watched the film 100 times, you probably still don't know much about what's going on behind the scenes.
1. Stanley Kubrick had an interest in horror long before he did The Shining .
Stanley Kubrick is known for his forays into various genres – and horror was a genre that sparked his interest early in his career. In the early 1970s, he considered staging The Exorcist but ultimately did not get a job because he only wanted to direct the film if he could produce it. Kubrick later told a friend that he "wanted to make the scariest movie in the world that included a series of episodes that played on the audience's nightmare fears."
2. The Shining was inspired by an episode of Omnibus.
"You think the point of the story is that his death was inevitable because he was a paranoid poker player and would end up in a deadly shootout," said Kubrick of the episode. "But in the end, you find that the man he accused actually cheated on him. I think The Shining uses a similar type of psychological misdirection to forestall the realization that the supernatural events actually take place. "
3. Stanley Kubrick didn't even read the script Stephen King wrote for The Shining .
According to David Hughes, one of Kubrick's biographers, Stephen King wrote a full draft of a screenplay for The Shining . However, Kubrick did not even consider it worth a look, which makes sense when you consider that the director once described King's letter as "weak". Instead, Kubrick worked on the script with Diane Johnson because he was a fan of her book The Shadow Knows . The two ended up spending eleven weeks working on the script.
4. But Stanley Kubrick still had questions to Stephen King about The Shining .
A legendary story that King reportedly still tells at some of his book readings looks like this: Stanley Kubrick called him at seven in the morning to ask, "I think stories about the supernatural are fundamentally optimistic, not true? If there are ghosts, it means we survive death. " When King asked how hell fits in this picture, Kubrick simply replied, "I don't believe in hell."
5. Stanley Kubrick was on the set of The Shining with a family].
The executive producer of The Shining was Kubrick's brother-in-law Jan Harlan. Christiane Kubrick and Vivian Kubrick – Stanley's wife and daughter – helped with both the design and the music. although Vivian may be better known for the documentary on the set she made entitled The Making Of The Shining. The 30-minute film that aired on the BBC was a very rare glimpse into Kubrick's directorial styles (you can see it above.)
6. Stephen King was "disappointed" by Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of The Shining .
In 1983 King told Playboy “I had admired Kubrick for a long time and had high expectations for the project, but in the end I was deeply disappointed with the result. Parts of the film are terrifying, accused of relentless claustrophobic terror, but others fell flat. "
One thing King didn't like was the cast of Jack Nicholson." Jack Nicholson, although a good actor, was all wrong for the role, "said King." His last major role was in One Flow Over the Cuckoo & # 39; s Nest and between this and the manic grin that the audience automatically identified him as crazy from the first scene. But the book is about Jack Torrance's gradual descent madness from the evil influence of the overlook – if the guy is crazy at first, the entire tragedy of his demise is wasted. "
7 Stanley Kubrick was not there to shoot The Shining .
Kubrick hated to fly and refused to leave England towards the end of his life, so he was not present when the opening credits of The Shining were shot. A second unit team made their way to Glacier National Park in Montana, where they filmed with a helicopter.
8. At the request of the Timberline Lodge, room 217 for The Shining was changed to room 237.
In the book, the creepy events are in room 217 and not in room 237. Oregon's Timberline Lodge is responsible for the exterior of the hotel for some shots. The management of the lodge asked to change the room number so that guests would not avoid room 217. There is no room 237 in the hotel, so this number was dialed. On the website of the Timberline Lodge it says: "Strangely and somewhat ironically, room number 217 is requested more often than any other room at Timberline."
9. "All work and no game makes Jack a boring boy" has many different translations.
The iconic sentence actually changes the meaning for foreign translations of the film at Kubrick's request. In German versions, the sentence means: "Don't postpone until tomorrow what you can do today." The Spanish translation reads: "Although you will get up early, it will not dawn earlier." In Italian: "Those who get up early will encounter a golden day."
10. There are rumors that Stanley Kubrick actually typed all of these "all work" sites.
Nobody is quite sure whether Kubrick wrote 500 pages of "All work and no play makes Jack a boring boy". Kubrick did not go to the props department with this task and used his own typewriter to create the pages. It was a typewriter with built-in memory so the pages could have come out without an actual person. However, the individual pages of the film contain different layouts and errors. Some claim that it was characteristic of the director to prepare each page individually. Unfortunately, we will never find out – Kubrick never raised this question before his death.
11. In The Shining there is a hidden magazine Playgirl .
Kubrick is famous for being a particularly detail-oriented director. If Jack Torrance reads a Playgirl in the Overlook's lobby before he is hired, it probably isn't insignificant. There is an article in the issue about incest, so the most common theory is that Kubrick has subtly hinted that Danny may have experienced sexual abuse. Another article advertised on the cover is "Interview: The Sale of (Starsky & Hutch ) David Soul". Maybe Kubrick threw in another premonition. Regardless of this, no normal hotel leaves copies of Playgirl lying around, so that the magazine serves as an immediate red flag in the film.
12. The Shining was Danny Lloyd's only film.
The Shining seemed to be introducing a promising child star into Dan Lloyd. He played a role in a television film two years later, but that was the scope of his acting career. "We tried for several years … until I was in high school and quit with almost no success around 14," he told the New York Daily News . However, Lloyd had an order cameo as a viewer in Doctor Sleep Mike Flanagan's sequel to The Shining .
13. Danny Lloyd didn't know he was shooting a horror film while filming . The Shining .
To protect Lloyd, who was 5 years old when he made the film, Kubrick told him that they were making a drama. He only saw the actual film at the age of 16. "Personally, I just don't find it scary because I saw it behind the scenes," said Lloyd later. "I know it can be ironic somehow, but I like funny films and documentaries."
14. Jack Nicholson improvised The Shining "Heeere & # 39; s Johnny" line.
Jack Nicholson is responsible for the only line from The Shining that made it into the Top 100 Movie Quotes of AFI did it. While Nicholson was filming the scene where Jack broke an bathroom door with an ax, he called out the famous line by Ed McMahon from The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson . The catch phrase worked and stayed in the film Backstage shots (shown above) show Nicholson's method of filming the cult scene.
15. Jack Nicholson wrote a scene for The Shining .
Nicholson did more than one improvisation the most famous Lines of the film, but also wrote an entire scene. He felt a particularly deep understanding of how Jack Torrance berated him while he was trying to write.
"That was how I was when I got divorced," Nicholson said in an interview with The New York Times . "I was under pressure to be a family man with a daughter and one During the day I took a job to play in a movie during the day. At night I wrote a movie and I'm back in my little corner and my beloved wife Sandra entered this crazy man – and I told Stanley about it and we wrote him on the scene. "
16. Stanley Kubrick didn't get on with The Shining Shelley Duvall.
Although Kubrick had a good relationship with Nicholson, director Shelley Duvall was notoriously brutal towards the filming. In her words: “From May to October I was really sick because of the stress of the role and sick was so great. Stanley pushed and pushed me further than ever. It is the most difficult role I have ever had to play. "
The scene where Wendy Jack is swinging a racket is an example of this urge. The scene actually did it in The Guinness Book of Records because it took 127 shots, mostly for a spoken dialogue scene.
17th Slim Pickens was offered the role of Dick Hallorann in The Shining .
Slim Pickens had previously worked with Kubrick. He played Major T. J. King Kong in Dr. Strangelove or: How I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb . Regardless, he was a particularly strange choice for the role of Dick Hallorann, since the character in the book is black. Pickens decided not to work with Kubrick anymore because he had the exhausting Dr. Strangelove shoots. The role then went to Scatman Crothers.
18th From a spatial point of view, the Overlook Hotel makes no sense.
Rob Ager, an attentive fan of The Shining noted that The Overlook Hotel set contains many aspects that make no sense. For example, Ullman's office has an outside window, but there are rooms surrounding the office, which makes this window impossible. This is the case with many windows in the film – they don't work in context. There's also a hallway in the Colorado Lounge that essentially appears out of nowhere. Ager has created a video (which you can see above) in which he depicts the nonsensical images.
The executive producer of The Shining Jan Harlan has stated that this was by design. "The interiors don't make sense," he said in 2012. "These huge corridors and ballrooms couldn't fit in. Nothing really makes sense."
19. Much of the set from The Shining burned down
At the end of the shootout, a fire broke out and destroyed several sets, according to the set still photographer: "It was a tremendous fire one night, a tremendous fire. We never really discovered what caused this fire. It did Burned down two sound days and threatened a third at Elstree Studios. It was an eleven alarm call, it was huge. "The reconstruction of one of these sound days was estimated at $ 2.5 million.
Kubrick laughs before this wreck, maybe he laughs because he knows that the novel ends when the Overlook Hotel burns down.
20. The Shining required 900 tons of salt.
And that was only for the last scene! At the end of The Shining Jack chases young Danny through a snow-covered maze of hedges before he eventually dies. To create the artistic, wintery labyrinth, you needed a lot of salt and crushed styrofoam.
21. The production of The Shining took five years.
Kubrick was notorious for his long film productions. The sources differ in how long the shooting itself took, but they probably took almost a year. Around the time he was making the film, Kubrick said, "There is a wonderful suggestive timeliness [that the structure] to make a film that imposes on your life. I do exactly the same thing as when I was 18 and make my first film. It frees you from any other sense of time. "
22 The original ending of The Shining differs from what you have probably seen.
It is not uncommon for the end of a film to change in post-production, but Kubrick changed the end of the film to it had been playing in cinemas for a weekend. The film version is lost, but there are pages from the script. The scene takes place after Jack died in the snow. Ullman visits Wendy in the hospital. He says to her: “About the things you saw in the hotel. [A lieutenant] told me that they really walked the town with a fine tooth comb and didn't find the slightest evidence of anything extraordinary. "He also encourages Wendy and Danny to stay with him for a while. The film ends with a text about black:" The Overlook Hotel would survive this tragedy like so many others. It continues from May 20th to 20th each year. Open September, it's closed for winter. "
Roger Ebert thought the cut was a good decision. According to him," Kubrick was wise to remove this epilogue … he pulled a carpet too much out of history. "
23. The Shining was the sequel to Barry Lyndon Stanley Kubrick's worst recorded film .
After Barry Lyndon did not see it well for Kubrick from was released in 1975. Film critic Tim Robey noted: "It was not the commercial success Warner Bros. had hoped for." The film cost $ 11 million and earned $ 9.5 million in the US Dollars, even though he ei at foreign box office n had a good life. According to Hughes, the film should have made $ 30 million to be profitable.
The Shining performed much better financially. The film cost $ 19 million and earned $ 47 million in the United States. It was one of the ten films with the highest revenue from 1980.
24. The Shining has inspired many conspiracy theories.
So many film theorists have their own views on The Shining that these conspiracies play the leading role in their own film: the documentary room 237 . One theory says that Kubrick helped fake the moon landing, and The Shining is his confession. Another claims that the film is really about the genocide of Native Americans. Another theory reads the film as a story about the Holocaust and the concentration camps.
Leon Vitali, Kubrick's personal assistant during filming, has since contested these theories. "I rushed to laugh most of the time," he said of the documentary. "The film contains ideas that I know are totally crazy."
25. The most famous fansite of The Shining is operated by the director of Toy Story 3 .
Lee Unkrich runs the Overlook Hotel, which has loads of pictures and behind-the-scenes information about the film. "I only started the site for selfish reasons," Unkrich told Vulture in 2013. "I have collected things from The Shining over the years and I just wanted to have a place where they could be organized." . Unkrich was also one of the people who helped finance the documentary Room 237 .
The undeniably funniest part of Unkrich's obsession with The Shining however, is to find the hidden references in various Pixar films, including Toy Story 3 : Sid's carpet is a carpet in the Overlook Hotel very similar. "RM237" is on the number plate of a garbage truck. And Trixie chats online with a dinosaur toy on the street that happens to be called "Velocistar237".