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.