All work and no play makes blocked novelist cum hotel caretaker Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) a raging, murderous psychopath in Kubrick’s mordantly funny, genuinely terrifying riff on Stephen King’s bestselling novel–one that King himself disavowed, for so far did it stray from his decidedly more literal, straightforward text. Always an early adopter, Kubrick made extensive use of the newly developed Steadicam technology (and its inventor, Garrett Brown) to glide up, down and around the Overlook Hotel’s cavernous corridors, where the ghosts of caretakers and lodgers past rest uneasily, and the line between waking and dreaming ceases to exist. The resulting modern horror classic is still being analyzed and debated more than 30 years later, including in the soon-to-be-released documentary Room 237, a hit at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

  • Stanley Kubrick
  • 1980
  • USA
  • DCP
  • 142 minutes