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Shining, The (18)

Shining, The (18)

Horror, Mystery

A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future.

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The critical consensus

This alternate version, while fascinating to finally see, turns the film into a much more conventional ghost story, with heightened spectral activity and some honkingly acted expositional scenes.

***(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 01/11/2012

Deeply scary and strange.

*****Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 01/11/2012

Atmospheric, blackly funny and utterly terrifying.

*****Ashley Clark, Little White Lies, 01/11/2012

Ostensibly a haunted house story, it manages to traverse a complex world of incipient madness, spectral murder and supernatural visions... and also makes you jump.

*****Ian Nathan, Empire Online, 02/11/2012

Tense, cold and still eerie after all these years, The Shining is perhaps one of Kubrick’s most underrated and under-appreciated films, and a must see for every horror fan.

****(*)Amy Taylor, TVBomb, 04/11/2012

The longer running time does increase the sense, both terrible and exhilarating, of being trapped in Kubrick's magnificent, malevolent nightmare, never to escape.

Killian Fox, The Observer, 04/11/2012

Reopened for business, Kubrick’s hotel horror holds surprises around every corner. Back where it should be – the cinema – its artful ambiguities are immersive. Check in.

*****Kevin Harley, Total Film, 30/10/2012

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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