We all know that Stephen King has never been a big fan of Stanley Kubrick’s classic horror film adaptation of The Shining—it’s something he’s been vocal about for years now. But with his upcoming sequel Doctor Sleep gearing up to hit shelves this Tuesday, September 24th, King dished out a little more on exactly why he’s never been much of a fan of Kubrick’s version. Here’s what he had to say:
[It’s] cold, I’m not a cold guy. I think one of the things people relate to in my books is this warmth, there’s a reaching out and saying to the reader, ‘I want you to be a part of this.’ 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.
He then goes on to talk about why he doesn’t particularly like Jack Nicholson’s performance in the film. Saying that he made it too obvious that Jack Torrance was crazy from the start.
Jack Torrance in the movie, seems crazy from the jump. Jack Nicholson, I’d seen all his biker pictures in the ’50s and ’60s and I thought, he’s just channeling The Wild Angels here.
He didn’t stop there though as he dished out even more criticism against Jack’s wife Wendy, who was played by Shelley Duvall.
Shelley Duvall as Wendy is really one of the most misogynistic characters ever put on film, she’s basically just there to scream and be stupid and that’s not the woman that I wrote about.
So there you have it… Stephen King still isn’t a fan of Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of The Shining. You may or may not agree with his reasoning behind it, but at the end of the day he’s aloud to have an opinion too. Whether you prefer the novel or the film version, you’re getting one hell of a horror story either way.
Do you guys agree with King and which do you prefer? The novel or the film?