Who is Danny Torrance?
Is he a boy with a talking finger that few realize has clairvoyant powers? Or is he the key to everything that holds the gateway to the spirit world? We take a closer look at stark differences between Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining and Stephen King’s The Shining television mini-series. I also have a kooky theory why one depiction is embraced more than the other.
The Shining: Overlook lobby,
is a study of the hotel’s last day of its season when the Torrance family arrives. It’s a busy day of packing, cleaning, and moving out. What subliminal messages did Stanley Kubrick leave behind?
The final scene of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining,
is confusing and long debated. The photograph asked more questions like “Is Jack Torrance dead?”, “Did he go back in time?”, “Is this how it ended in the book?” While Kubrick meant the ending to be ambiguous and open-ended, it is human nature to bring balance by coming up with definitive answers.
Faithful to the book,
the mini-series version of Stephen King’s The Shining had their boiler explode taking the Overlook Hotel with it. Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, avoided the plot element of maintaining the boilers completely. Here we specifically take a look how a sophisticated hotel is allowed to be easily destroyed.
the Overlook Hotel cook, makes a very special connection with Danny. He shares Danny’s gift of the Shining and is an essential supporting character. Kubrick’s version is similar to the mini-series, but they have their differences too.
The Shining: The kitchen doors,
From Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, Dick Hallorann has a private conversation with Danny at the kitchen table. While he confesses his Shining powers to Danny, we read many subliminal messages in one wide shot. Silently, they tell of an ominous future.
The Shining: Freezer,
takes a closer look at The Overlook Hotel’s deceptive floor plan. The freezer is one of many places where, if you turn your back, will trick you. It is a special place for the Shining and a peek into the future.