The Shining is widely regarded as one of the finest horror movies ever made. Helped in large part by the direction of legendary auteur Stanley Kubrick, the film also features one of the most iconic scenes in cinema.
Yup, you know the one...
A Cadillac With No Engine
The 1980 psychological horror was based on a classic novel by Stephen King. Unfortunately, despite all the positives, King himself has always distanced himself, citing a poor adaptation compared to his original novel.
And it looks like things haven't changed in the years that have passed. A few years ago, in an interview with Deadline, King had this cutting comment:
“I think ‘The Shining’ is a beautiful film and it looks terrific and as I’ve said before, it’s like a big, beautiful Cadillac with no engine inside it.”
Ouch! King is of course alluding to the fact that, although stylistically a masterpiece, it lacks any real substance. Previously, he's referred to Wendy as 'misogynistic' and disliked how the characters were portrayed.
'It Was Very Cold'
In an interview with the BBC in 2013, around the time of the release of Doctor Sleep, his follow up to The Shining, King said:
"[It's] cold, I'm not a cold guy. With Kubrick's 'The Shining' I felt that it was very cold, very 'We're looking at these people, but they're like ants in an anthill, aren't they doing interesting things, these little insects.' "
I think it's fair to say he's not a fan, then. But that still shouldn't detract from how good the film is as a stand alone project. Personally, it's one of my favourite films and one of Kubrick's finest.
Source: Bloody Disgusting