The OverLook Hotel
The Overlook Hotel is a large, remote, and haunted hotel located in the Colorado Rockies. Jack Torrance, a man whose life is being destroyed by alcohol, makes a promise to his wife, Wendy, and son, Danny that he will change and give up drinking. After achieving his goal, he feels the need to get away and takes the job as caretaker at the Overlook Hotel in the Colorado Rockies. As he, Wendy and Danny begin adjusting to a new life style it soon becomes evident that they are not alone as an evil force within the hotel appears to want Danny for an unknown, sinister purpose. What occurs when the family is left alone at the hotel over the winter is depicted. Based on the novel by Stephen King.
The film follows Jack Torrance, a struggling writer and recovering alcoholic, who accepts a job as the winter caretaker of the Overlook Hotel. The hotel closes during the winter months due to its remote location and harsh weather conditions.
Jack Torrance’s new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he’ll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote . . . and more sinister.
The Overlook Hotel has a dark and haunted history, including reports of previous caretakers going insane and committing acts of violence. The supernatural occurrences within the hotel are implied to be fueled by malevolent spirits and ghosts that haunt the premises.
As the winter progresses, the Torrance family, including Jack, his wife Wendy, and their young son Danny, become increasingly isolated within the hotel. Danny, who possesses psychic abilities known as “the shining,” begins to experience terrifying visions and communicates with the spirits haunting the hotel.
As the supernatural activity intensifies, Wendy becomes increasingly concerned for her and Danny’s safety. She tries to get them away from the hotel, but Jack becomes increasingly unhinged, eventually turning against his own family.
In the climax of the film, Jack fully succumbs to the malevolent influence of the hotel’s spirits and becomes a homicidal maniac, attempting to murder his wife and son. Danny uses his psychic abilities and the hotel’s maze to outsmart and evade his father. As he attacks his family, Wendy and Danny barricade themselves inside their apartment’s bathroom and Jack starts to hack his way through the door with an axe.
In the end of the film, Jack Torrance freezes to death in the hedge maze surrounding the Overlook Hotel while in pursuit of his wife and son. Wendy and Danny escape the hotel, leaving behind the haunting and malevolent forces that had consumed Jack. The ending of “The Shining” is haunting and poignant, emphasizing the tragic downfall of Jack Torrance and the powerful influence of the supernatural forces at the Overlook Hotel.