Ever since it's release in 1980, Stephen King has shared his displeasure about Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of "The Shining," and even went so far as to executive produce and write a 1997 TV mini series version of his story. King has once again expressed his opinions on the Kubrick film.
Rolling Stone recently conducted an interview with King and he does not hesitate to let the world know how he feels. In regards to the huge fan base for THE SHINING film King says:
"I don't get it. But there are a lot of things that I don't get. But obviously people absolutely love it, and they don't understand why I don't. The book is hot, and the movie is cold; the book ends in fire, and the movie in ice. In the book, there's an actual arc where you see this guy, Jack Torrance, trying to be good, and little by little he moves over to this place where he's crazy. And as far as I was concerned, when I saw the movie, Jack was crazy from the first scene. I had to keep my mouth shut at the time. It was a screening, and Nicholson was there. But I'm thinking to myself the minute he's on the screen, "Oh, I know this guy. I've seen him in five motorcycle movies, where Jack Nicholson played the same part." And it's so misogynistic. I mean, Wendy Torrance is just presented as this sort of screaming dishrag. But that's just me, that's the way I am."
King then spoke of THE SHINING documentary, ROOM 237:
"Well, let me put it this way, I watched about half of it and got sort of impatient with it and turned it off. These guys were reaching. I've never had much patience for academic bullsh*t. It's like Dylan says, "You give people a lot of knives and forks, they've gotta cut something." And that was what was going on in that movie."
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