Writer Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson), a former alcoholic, accepts a job as the winter caretaker for a hotel high in the Rocky Mountains, isolating him, his wife (Shelley Duvall) and their psychic young son until spring. But when the first blizzard blocks the only road out, the hotel's stored energy from evil past deeds begins to drive Jack insane...a and there may be no escape for his family in this haunting story of madness, memory and violence.
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The picture of Jack Nicholson pushing his face through a smashed door panel must be one of the most famous film covers ever. The film itself has got to be in the best known horror top 10. Don't let this build up the film too much, because although it is a good horror film, it is not as horrific as many others and not to my mind either well scripted or well filmed. I did like some of the scenes particularly the young lad pedalling around the empty hotel the noise of the wheels on the rugs alternating with the parquet floor, and the best moment of tension is of the boy running through a snowy maze trying to cover his tracks. If I hadn't been expecting so much it would have been better.