In conjunction with this revival of The Shining, the MFAH presents several screenings of the documentary Room 237 (April 11–14). Click here for more information.

Loosely based on the Stephen King novel, The Shining follows a writer (Jack Nicholson), his wife (Shelley Duvall), and son as they become caretakers of the Overlook resort hotel during the winter off-season. Isolated and snowbound, the family experiences an evil presence that encourages the father to commit violence, while his psychic son sees frightening visions from the hotel’s past. Now regarded as one of the best horror movies ever made, The Shining has spawned numerous theories about hidden meanings within the film—explored in the new documentary Room 237.

Read a 1980 Film Comment article about the film here.

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Stanley Kubrick
Running Time
142 minutes