The Two Masterpieces that Changed Horror Forever

Only Danny’s shine can tell us which is better.

The Two Masterpieces that Changed Horror Forever

Adam Walters, Contributor

Stephen King’s “The Shining” is considered to be one of the greatest horror novels of all time and Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining is considered to be one of the greatest horror films of all time. After both reading the book and watching the film, it is obvious that Stanley Kubrick took his film in different directions than Stephen King did in his novel.

For example, in the novel, Danny Torrance’s ability to shine played a major role throughout the entire story and was the reason that the hotel was telling Jack to murder his family. While in Stanley Kubrick’s film, the actual ‘shining’ played a very minimal part in the story and was barely even mentioned outside of a few scenes.

Also, in the novel it was made apparent that it was the Overlook Hotel that was trying to possess Jack to commit murder for them, but in the film it makes it seem as if Jack was suffering from cabin fever, meaning he was trapped in the Overlook Hotel for so long with no way out and eventually went insane. Even though both pieces are very different from each other, they are both, in my opinion, masterpieces.

Choosing the better between the novel and the film is a very difficult decision, but if I had to choose I would pick the novel. In Stephen King’s novel, I got to know the Torrance family well and was worried about what would happen to them as the story unfolded. Also, the explanation as to why Jack was going insane was much more complex and added more suspense to the experience of The Shining.

Both pieces of the horror genre, so are they scary? The answer is definitely a yes, but I feel that the movie is scarier than the novel.

Both Stephen King’s “The Shining” and Stanley Kubrick’s cinematic version are amazing experiences. They changed the genre of horror in many ways and put the genre on the map as mainstream entertainment. Horror would be very different today if it wasn’t for both versions of The Shining.