The small town of Haven becomes a hot-bed of inventions all run by a strange green power device. The whole town is digging something up in the woods, and only an alcoholic poet can discover... See full summary »
After a deadly plague kills most of the world's population, the remaining survivors split into two groups - one led by a benevolent elder and the other by a maleficent being - to face each other in a final battle between good and evil.
Television adaptation of Stephen King novel that follows a recovering alcoholic professor. He ends up taking a job as a winter caretaker for a remote Colorado hotel which he seeks as an opportunity to finish a piece of work. With his wife and son with him, the caretaker settles in, only to see visions of the hotel's long deceased employees and guests. With evil intentions, they manipulate him into his dark side which takes a toll on him and his family.Written by
The miniseries brings back the animate hedge animals from the novel; these were replaced with a hedge maze in The Shining (1980) because Stanley Kubrick felt the effects of the time were not up to it. See more »
Reflected in Hallorann's car when he's talking with Danny in Part I. See more »
[Addressing the Overlook Hotel]
Hello, you old bitch. You're just as ugly in wintertime as you are in summertime.
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DVD contains 11 deleted scenes:
Danny at the doctor's office; they briefly discuss Tony.
Brief scene with Danny and Jack conversing.
A brief scene where the Torrences step outside the hotel and observe that they are snowed in.
A scene which originally occurred after the "217 lady" scene. Jack says that Wendy and Danny can leave the hotel ASAP and that he will stay. He also shows Wendy the lipstick he found, and describes how he believes Danny's strangle wounds were self-inflicted.
A fireside chat between Wendy and Danny, in which he tells her that he hears the ghosts in the hotel, talking, laughing, and screaming.
Two scenes which originally occurred after Jack is locked inside the vault. Wendy leaves Danny to get some food, and Danny tells her that he called to Dick. Then a scene in which Wendy returns and Danny says that Dick may not have heard him.
A brief scene showing Grady releasing Jack from the vault, and Jack exiting and grabbing the mallet.
A brief scene in which Danny encounters a female ghost, and he tells her he isn't afraid of her, that only his father can hurt him now. The ghost vanishes, and Jack then appears to "punish" him.
A climatic ballroom scene in which the "party guests" and the orchestra all melt in gruesome fashion.
An outtake featuring orchestra conductor Gage Creed (played by Stephen King) melting in gruesome fashion.
"The Shining" was supposed to be a great adaptation to the original book. I watched it in the hopes of seeing Stephen King (who wrote the script) do something new and fresh with the old concept. What I got was a mini-series full of "aw-shucks" dialogue and corny one-liners.
Steven Weber is wildly miscast as "Jack Torrence." Courtland Mead (who plays "Danny") isn't a bad actor but he's a little TOO cute for the role. Also, I liked the way Kubrick showed Tony (Danny's make-believe friend). It was slyly creepy. The guy who plays Tony in this movie is so corny he's funny.
The mini-series, as a whole, has a brand new feel but the music, visuals, dialogue, relationships, you name it, weren't as good as in the 1980 version of the story. If you like more light, mainstream stuff, you might enjoy this mini-series. Personally, I think you were right, Stanley. They SHOULD have left it alone.
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