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James Dempsey: Stanley Kubrick’s ‘The Shining’ was never good enough for Stephen King

Published 02/11/2012 | 13:59

Here's Johnny: Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance in The Shining
Here's Johnny: Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance in The Shining
Over the years, the film and its numerous iconic moments (the sight of the ethereal twins, the river of blood flowing from the lifts, Jack Nicholson chopping down the door, gurning and shouting 'Here's Johnny' at a hysterical Shelley Duvall) have won over fans and critics alike

TODAY sees the rerelease of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, regarded by many as the finest horror movie ever to grace the silver screen.

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Over the years, the film and its numerous iconic moments (the sight of the ethereal twins, the river of blood flowing from the lifts, Jack Nicholson chopping down the door, gurning and shouting “Here’s Johnny” at a hysterical Shelley Duvall) have won over fans and critics alike, those who overlooked the Overlook upon its theatrical release in 1980, and made The Shining a genuine classic.



But there is one person who still doesn’t like the movie, the novelist Stephen King.

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