The Shining: 10 Crucial Scenes From The Book That Didn’t Make It Into The Movie
It’s common knowledge among horror buffs that Stephen King wasn’t a fan of Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of his novel, The Shining. The 1980 film based on King’s 1977 novel is considered one of the best movies of the 80s.
Like many film adaptations, there are some important scenes from the novel missing. In order to grasp the full extent of the Overlook’s malevolence, reading the book is a must, but there is hope for HBO Max’s upcoming adaptation. Here are ten scenes from the books which either didn’t get written into the screenplay or make the final cut into the film.
Danny's First Vision Of The Overlook
Danny’s first vision of the hotel in the novel offers a great amount of foreshadowing and sets the tone for the rest of the story. Although Danny doesn’t know exactly what he’s seeing, it heavily hints as to what the outcome of going to the Overlook might be. In the film, viewers don’t get to see what Danny sees, and he states simply his/Tony’s reason for not wanting to go there: “I just don’t.”
In the film, the reason for Jack’s abstinence from alcohol is quoted as being due to him injuring Danny while drunk. While this incident does happen in the book, it isn’t the reason he stops drinking.
In a flashback in the novel, Jack and his drinking buddy are drunkenly driving along the road and hit a child ...
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