The Movie: 'The Shining' (1980)

The Scene: After slowly going mad during a snowy winter spent at the haunted Overlook Hotel, Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) finally snaps as the supernatural forces around him push him over the edge. The evil stalking the halls of the stately hotel wants one thing: Torrance's son, Danny, a gifted young psychic who could make the hotel more powerful than ever. Jack succumbs to the Overlook's wishes and sets out to slaughter his family -- just like previous caretaker Charles Grady did years before. Nicholson aims to start with his wife, Wendy (Shelly Duvall), who locks herself in the bathroom. Undeterred, Jack grabs an axe and starts chopping his way through (while pretending to be the Big Bad Wolf of 'The Three Little Pigs' fame). As the door falls apart under his repeated blows, Nicholson sticks his face through the opening and yells "Here's Johnny!" while his wife cowers in the corner, armed only with a knife.
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The Shining
R1980
Based on 11 critics

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