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. I'm gonna bash 'em right the fuck in. Ha, ha.
Jack Torrance is a former teacher who is trying to rebuild his and his family's life after his drinking problem and volatile temper lost him his teaching. Having given up alcohol, he accepts a position maintaining a large and isolated hotel in Colorado for the winter, the Overlook Hotel, in the hope this will salvage his family, re-establish his career, and give him the time and privacy to finish a promising play. He moves to the hotel with his wife, Wendy, and young son, Danny, who is telepathic and sensitive to supernatural forces.
The following day the family meet meet Dick Hallorann, the hotel's head chef. Dick explains to Danny that he is also telepathic, and refers to the communication as "shining". Danny asks Dick whether there is something bad at the hotel. While he does not respond directly, he notes that some events leave a trace on the places they are. When Danny asks what is in Room 237, Dick replies that there isn't anything in there, but still vehemently orders Danny to stay out.
About a month after their arrival, Jack's mental health deteriorates. He is aggressive with Wendy and Danny, spending most of his time writing reclusively. Danny sometimes has frightening, ghostly visions inside the hotel, but doesn't mention them to his parents. Later, Danny is playing with his toys, when suddenly a ball rolls towards him from down the empty hall. Getting up, and walking towards where the ball had come from, he then notices one of the doors standing open. The sign reads Room 237. Danny slowly approaches the door, then goes inside.
Downstairs in the basement, Wendy hears a terrible scream. She runs towards the main lounge, where she finds Jack, asleep, screaming, in a nightmare. She rouses him, and he tells her that he dreamed that he killed her and Danny, chopping them up into little pieces. Danny then walks in, trembling and sucking his thumb, his sweater ripped and his neck hurt. She wonders aloud how this happened, and then accuses Jack.....
After Wendy's accusation, Jack wanders miserably around the hotel and comes across the Gold Room. The staff had removed all the alcohol before they left. Jack sits down at the bar, desperate for a drink, and he looks up and sees a bartender, Lloyd. Jack does not appear surprised, and simply asks for a bourbon.
Back in the hotel, Jack walks into Room 237 himself and is surprised by what he finds...a naked woman gets out of the bath and embraces him passionately...yet when he looks in the mirror he gets a shock. .When he comes out, Jack lies to Wendy, saying there was nothing in Room 237. He suggests that Danny may have done this to himself. Wendy thinks they should leave the hotel and take Danny to a doctor.
Jack goes back to the Gold Room, which is now crowded with people...guests...and the bartender lloyd. Jack discovers the butler is actually the previous caretaker, Delbert Grady. Grady tells him that his son is attempting to bring Hallorann into the situation. Jack wonders how, and Grady explains to him that his son has a "very great talent". Grady tells him about his own daughters and wife, how he corrected them, and he suggests Jack does the same to his family. After getting no response to his calls, Dick makes the decision to journey back up to the Overlook, despite its being caught in a severe blizzard.
From this point on things go from bad to worse as Jack loses it and attempts to decapitate his wife...whilst she is fighting ofr her life. Meanwhile danny is acting very strangely...and both he and his mother attempt to flee the hotel. Once outside the startled pair are still being chased by the crazed Jack, and it isnt long beofre the ghosts start to appear. Can Dick make it back t the hotel in time??? Will Jack finish off his family?? A must see film.
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