The Shining

The Shining (1980)

Ending / spoiler

Jack Torrance meets the ghost of Delbert Grady, the caretaker who murdered his family ages ago; Grady tells Jack that he was not the caretaker - Jack was all the time, and now, when his family is about to leave, he has to "Fix" them, just as Grady did. Jack tries to attack Wendy, who strikes him on the head with a baseball bat and locks him in the storage room before going back into her room for Danny. While she's asleep, Danny gets possessed and writes "Redrum" on the bathroom door. Wendy wakes up and by looking at the mirror she realizes it's "MURDER" backwards. Meanwhile, Jack is released by Grady's ghost, and sets off to kill his family. Wendy and Danny lock themselves in the bathroom as Jack tries to burst in; Danny exits through the window and runs into the maze. Jack axes the door, screams: "HEEEERE'S JOHNNY!" before realizing Danny's not there; Hallorann, the hotel's cook, receives a warning from his force, "The Shining", and arrives there, only to be axed by Jack who goes into the outside Maze to find Danny. Danny loses him in the maze and leaves out, to find his mother outside, shocked by horrific visions. They leave in Hallorann's snow-plow as Jack remains in the maze and freezes to death. In the final shot, we see Jack Torrance as a guest in a picture taken at the hotel at 1921; this suggests Torrence was alive the previous life, and might be back one day.

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Jack: Wendy, darling, light of my life, I'm not gonna hurt ya. You didn't let me finish my sentence. I said, I'm not gonna hurt ya, I'm just gonna bash your brains in. Gonna bash 'em right the f*ck in!

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In the first scene, when Nicholson is driving to the Overlook, the shadow of a helicopter can be seen at the bottom right. This is only visible in the un-matted VHS print and fullscreen DVD.

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Stephen King has admitted not liking this version of his book.

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