Sunday, October 10, 2010


Many mention pet things from the novel that Stanley Kubrick left out of the movie but one of the most enigmatic sections seems to have been left out and no one ever mentions, or misses it at all. The wasps were a huge part of the novel. They embodied the invisible spirits that were haunting Stephen King’s Overlook. I couldn't imagine Stanley Kubrick leaving them out but I looked high and low and couldn't find a single wasp flying around this movie. Nothing even remotely alludes to them. Then it came to me. The July 4, 1921 picture is not real yet the people in it still represent something interesting. They’re the wasps from the novel. He didn't leave them out. If you look at the picture closely every single one of people at the party are W.A.S.P.’s, and this explanation, as dull and lackluster as it is, is the only one that can claim Stephen King's source novel as a source. W.A.S.P.’s.

You don’t think I’m right, do you? Maybe we need to look at what the boss said about the people in the photo; “... they were in a photograph taken in 1921... I originally planned to use extras, but it proved impossible to make them look as good as the people in the photograph... I think the result looked perfect. Every face around Jack is an [archetype] of the period.” Do you really believe this statement, “it proved impossible to make them look as good as the people in the photograph”? (1976 Oscar, Best Costume Design - Barry Lyndon) But an archetype? This is what stands out. What an interesting word he chose to describe the people in the photo. I thought I knew what archetype meant but to my good fortune I looked it up in the dictionary anyway. An archetype is “an original model of a person, an ideal example or a prototype upon which others are copied, patterned, or emulated; a symbol universally recognized by all.” But there’s something else; in psychology, an archetype is “a model of a person, personality, or behavior.” Psychoanalysis - “in Jungian psychology - a primitive mental image inherited from the earliest human ancestors, and supposed to be present in the collective unconscious.” In the photo Jack is the mold that these people spring from. He sold his soul to the devil at precisly 66 minutes and 6 seconds into the film.

In the movie Jack's evil imaginary friend Lloyd is the devil.

And he gives him his first drink we hear Jack gulp it down at exactly 66 minutes and 6 seconds after the Warner Brothers logo is finished at :11 seconds into the movie. “God, I'd give anything for a drink. My God dam soul.” This is the spot where Lloyd shows up and the devil enters him.

They’re all devils, exactly like Jack. Exactly like nature’s lowly carbon copy wasp. Stanley Kubrick’s archetype of every other W.A.S.P. They’re all devils in the photo with Jack!



We see Tony in the novel / we don’t see Tony in the movie. “Redrum” appears inside the bathroom / outside the bathroom. Danny bolts the storeroom door / Wendy bolts the storeroom door. Dick Hallorann lives / Dick Hallorann dies. Overlook destroyed / Overlook remains. Jack burns to death inside The Overlook / Jack is frozen to death outside The Overlook. Danny sees “Redrum” in the bathroom mirror / Wendy sees “Redrum” in her dresser mirror. Pediatrician male / Pediatrician female. Danny sees one woman / Jack sees 2 women. Wendy is a smart blond / a weak dumb brunette. Wendy never looks at Jack’s play / Wendy reads Jack’s novel. Jack injures Wendy severely / Jack never touches Wendy. 1 elevator moves on it’s own / 2 elevators remain totally motionless. Hedges in the front that move by themselves / hedges in the back that never move. It’s unbelievable, and the most amazing thing I found is that scenes from the novel all happen in a different place in the movie. In the novel the end chase is in a hallway inside The Overlook / hedge maze outside The Overlook. Danny faints in The Overlook / Danny faints in their apartment. Jack attacks Wendy in the hallway / Jack attacks Wendy in their apartment. One boiler in the basement / twin boilers on the first floor. Danny lures Dick Hallorann back as he drives in his car / Jack lures Dick Hallorann back as he sits in his bedroom watching TV. Room 217 becomes Room 237. Jack works in the basement / Jack works in the Colorado lounge. Jack meets Grady in the Gold Room / Jack meets Grady in the Colorado Lounge. Dick Hallorann talks to Danny outside The Overlook in his car / Dick Hallorann talks to Danny inside The Overlook in the kitchen. It goes on and on and you can read more about it if you click here.

Sunday, September 5, 2010


It’s not a Ball! The women are all dressed wrong. Mr. Ullman says these people are, “all the best people” and there’s not one woman in a formal ball gown. It’s not a July 4th Ball and these are not rich people!

They’re not standing in a Ball Room in the photo either, they’re standing in a foyer. There are no tables, no chairs and no bandstand like The Overlook’s Gold Room, which is a ball room with a foyer. They’re standing in the foyer of an old theater (a large, vast room in a theater, opera, concert hall, showroom, cinema, etc. adjacent to the auditorium.), and a foyer is also described as a lobby. It’s similar to Radio City’s Entrance Hall. The photo is taken in a lobby and we’ve seen The Overlook’s lobby and foyer and the July 4th photo is obviously not The Overlook’s lobby as it can not be found anywhere in Stanley Kubrick’s Elstree Studio’s set. It’s only The Overlook in the minds of those who wish to not believe their own eyes, and you can’t use it as proof that Jack was there in a previous life.

Stanley Kubrick does say the photo “suggests reincarnation” in his interview with Michel Ciment. but he cleverly doesn’t say where. The photo is obviously not The Overlook.


One of the last things we hear Jack utter at the end of the film is so important. Stanley Kubrick has him singing "California, Here I Come" at the very end of the film (2:18:09) for a reason. It’s a song he knew was written for a “1921” Broadway musical. It’s the correct song for the correct year (July 4th, 1921) just to drive home his point. The photo does not depict any hotel found in Oregon, as a huge California palm tree is dead center in the photo of the lobby Stanley Kubrick chose to show us right after we hear Jack sing that song. The photo and the song go hand in hand. It's California, not Colorado, and that's where Jack Torrance as well as Jack Nicholson are both headed - literally and figuratively.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

The Caul – The Old Wives Tale.

The Caul – the old wives tale (click here)

Then the doctor told her quite sternly that she must PUSH, and she did, and then she felt something being taken from her. It was a clear and distinct feeling, one she would never forget-the thing taken. Then the doctor held her son up by the legs-she had seen his tiny sex and known he was a boy immediately- and as the doctor groped for the air mask, she had seen something else, something so horrible that she found the strength to scream again after she had thought all screams were used up:
He has no face!
But of course there had been a face, Danny's own sweet face, and the caul that had covered it at birth now resided in a small jar, which she had kept, almost shamefully. She did not hold with old superstition, but she had kept the caul nevertheless. She did not hold with wives' tales, but the boy had been unusual from the first. She did not believe in second sight but —

Did Daddy have an accident? I dreamed Daddy had an accident.
Something had changed him. She didn't believe it was just her getting ready to ask for a divorce that had done it. Something had happened before that morning. Something that had happened while she slept uneasily. Al Shockley said that nothing had happened, nothing at all, but he had averted his eyes when he said it, and if you believed faculty gossip, Al had also climbed aboard the fabled wagon.
Did Daddy have an accident?
Maybe a chance collision with fate, surely nothing much more concrete. She had read that day's paper and the next day's with a closer eye than usual, but she saw nothing she could connect with Jack. God help her, she had been looking for a hit-and-run accident or a barroom brawl that had resulted in serious injuries
or ... who knew? Who wanted to? But no policeman came to call, either to ask questions or with a warrant empowering him to take paint scrapings from the WV's bumpers. Nothing. Only her husband's one hundred and eighty degree change and her son's sleepy question on waking:
Did Daddy have an accident? I dreamed ...

Friday, March 19, 2010

The Black and White Photo in the Film.

Stanley Kubrick has Jack posed in the final photo of "The Shining",

as the devil.


The Black and White Photo in Stephen Kings Novel.

Here is the only clue to the final July 4th picture you can find in the novel. It's mentioned on page 191 (Chapter 33).

“In that instant, kneeling there, everything came clear to him… In those few seconds [Jack] understood everything. There was a certain black-and-white picture he remembered seeing as a child, in catechism class… a jumble of whites and blacks… Then one of the children in the third row had gasped, "It's Jesus!" …. "I see Him! I see Him!" … Everyone had seen the face of Jesus in the jumble of blacks and whites except Jacky… when everyone else had tumbled their way up from the church basement and out onto the street he had lingered behind… He hated it… It was a big fake… [But] as he turned to go he had seen the face of Jesus from the corner of his eye… He turned back, his heart in his throat. Everything had suddenly clicked into place and he had stared at the picture with fearful wonder, unable to believe he had missed it… Looking at Jack Torrance. What had only been a meaningless sprawl had suddenly been transformed into a stark black-and-white etching of the face of Christ Our Lord. Fearful wonder became terror. He had cussed in front of a picture of Jesus. He would be damned. He would be in hell with the sinners. The face of Christ had been in the picture all along. All along.”

He's describing this very popular black & white photo that floated around in the seventies where you have to find the hidden image of Jesus. Either you see it or you don't.


Sunday, March 14, 2010


Jack has no business in that final picture, as he's an utter failure in all of his endeavors. The Overlook's walls are reserved for, “all the best people” and him being in the center of the July 4th photo is the opposite of what you would expect. He didn't "correct" his family the same way Grady did.

What we are looking at in the July 4th photo is another vision like Grady's daughters, “Remember what Mr. Hallorann said. It's just like pictures in a book, Danny. It isn't real.”