The Shining by Stanley Kubrick (1980, 146 min.). Perhaps more than any other Kubrick film, The Shining has made its way into our pop cultural lexicon, but the film is more complex than your average horror film. Novelist Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson), takes a job as an off-season caretaker at an isolated hotel, but the haunted hotel plunges Jack into madness. The scene in which Jack’s telepathic son rides his Big Wheel through the hallways of the empty hotel is one of the most iconic in horror film history. “Kubrick has made a movie that will have to be reckoned with on the highest level,” TIME magazine.
THE SHINING (Shining, GB/USA 1980). The daughters of the previous caretaker (Lisa and Louise Burns). © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. / The Stanley Kubrick Archive