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The Shining – WTF Happened To This Movie?

The Shining – WTF Happened To This Movie?

by | Oct 29, 2019

“I’m not gonna hurt you. I’m just gonna bash your brains in!”

With Doctor Sleep heading towards cinemas this week, now has never been a better time to revisit the 1980 adaptation of Stephen King’s The Shining. Whilst history will forever see Stanley Kubrick’s film as one of the scariest films ever made, it’s sometimes surprising to hear how difficult the production process was. Between the constant script changes, on set fires and actor breakdowns, Kubrick managed to create one of the most genre defining films of all time. But it does sounds like the film was one hell of a nightmare to be a part of. JoBlo’s video series, WTF Happened,  take a look behind the scenes at how the films production quickly snowballed out of control at the hands of it’s pernickety director. Without further ado …here is The Shining – WTF Happened To This Movie?


Hollywood has had its fair share of historically troubled productions. Whether it was casting changes, actor deaths, fired directors, in-production rewrites, constant delays, budget cuts or studio edits, these films had every intention to be a blockbuster, but were beset with unforeseen disasters. Sometimes huge hits, sometimes box office bombs. Either way, we have to ask: WTF Happened To This Movie?


In the latest episode we venture back to the Overlook Hotel for Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of Stephen King’s The Shining, starring Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall. The film has been a sore spot for King throughout the years, despite becoming a massive cultural phenomenon. Now, a sequel to the film, Doctor Sleep, is primed to hit theaters, prompting everyone to ask the question: WTF Happened to this Movie?


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