Greatest Film Scenes
and Moments

The Shining (1980)


Written by Tim Dirks

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Movie Title/Year and Scene Descriptions

The Shining (1980)

In Stanley Kubrick's horror classic:

  • the opening scene with aerial camera work following a car to a mountainous Colorado resort - the sprawling and soon-to-be snowbound Overlook Hotel
  • Danny's (Danny Lloyd) Steadicam-filmed ride on a Big Wheel bike tracked through the corridors of the hotel (with accompanying sounds as the wheels hit the floor and the rug)
  • Danny's frightening ghostly visions (the murdered twin girls, the bloody elevator, etc.)
  • Jack Torrance's (Jack Nicholson) bar-side exchanges with ghostly bartender Lloyd (Joseph Turkel) where he was told: "Your credit's fine, Mr. Torrance"
  • the grisly bathtub hallucination experienced by Jack in off-limits Room 237 when he discovered that the illusory, beautiful bather he was kissing was a corpse
  • wife Wendy's (Shelley Duvall) discovery that her struggling husband's manuscript/writing on the typewriter was truly insane (there were endless reams of pages all with the phrase: "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy")
  • Danny's repetition of the words "Redrum " - later reflected in a mirror to reveal the word "Murder"
  • the scene in which Wendy clobbered Jack with a baseball bat on the stairs
  • the image of a decadent sexual act of fellatio being performed in a bedroom
  • the memorable scene of diabolical Jack's climactic stalking and homicidal chase after his cowering and fearful wife and son with an axe with his demented bellowings ("Wendy, I'm home" and "Then I'll huff and I'll puff...")
  • Jack's delivery of Johnny Carson's Tonight Show catch-phrase greeting: "Heeeeeeeere's Johnny!", spoken through a splintered door to Wendy after he had bashed through it
  • Jack's demise in the frozen Maze
  • the final revealing zoom-in shot toward a photograph


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