Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, and its alternative endings

Spoilers for The Shining lie ahead.

Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of Stephen King’s haunted hotel story The Shining is a classic horror movie in spite of the director’s intent. The author is on record as saying he was more than merely disappointed in the liberties the filmmaker made. One of those variants was perpetuated to avoid a cinematic cliché, the ending. Jan Harlan, who executive produced the film, and novelist Diane Johnson, who wrote the screenplay with Kubrick, gave up the ghost about some of the different original endings that Kubrick considered for The Shining.

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Published at March 31, 2017

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