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About the Movie
All work and no play makes Academy Award-winner Jack Nicholson ("As Good As It Gets," "Batman"), the caretaker of an isolated resort, go way off the deep end, terrorizing his young son and wife Shelley Duvall ("Roxanne"). Master filmmaker Stanley Kubrick's ("Full Metal Jacket," "2001: A Space Odyssey") visually haunting chiller, based on the bestseller by master-of-suspense Stephen King ("The Stand," "Carrie," "The Shawshank Redemption"), is an undeniable contemporary classic. Newsweek Magazine calls this "the first epic horror film," full of indelible images, and a signature role for Nicholson whose character was recently selected by AFI for its' 50 Greatest Villains.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 66
- Fresh: 58
- Rotten: 8
- Average Rating: 8.5/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Kubrick isn't out for screams, but he manages to make his movie thoroughly unnerving by keeping the horror so close to home.
Fresh: Kubrick has made a movie that will have to be reckoned with on the highest level.
Fresh: The movie is not about ghosts but about madness and the energies it sets loose in an isolated situation primed to magnify them.
Fresh: As a ghost story and adaptation of the Stephen King novel, it's largely a failure. On the other hand, as an example of directorial bravura and as a study of madness and the unreliable narrator, it's a brilliant success.
My Favourite Horror Movie
This has to be one of the best movies in horror history. Although this movie isn't made for - out loud- screams, or pop up scares or anything, its has a very chilling and frightening story line which is what makes this movie so unique
great thriller !
scariest movie i've ever seen.. but not because it's a horror, because it's a thriller, it gets your imagination going.. wayyyyy more scarier than any horror movie. greaaat movie thoughhh. =].
This was the best movie ever made! I have seen it over 20 times. I was 7 When I first saw it. It has been my favorite ever since
- Genre: Horror
- Released: 1980
- © 1980 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.