Revealing Behind-the-Scenes Photos from Stanley Kubrick’s ‘The Shining’

It’s hard to believe that a horror cinema masterpiece like Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining opened to mixed reviews, with outlets like Variety calling out Jack Nicholson’s “jumpy” performance for “[destroying] all that was so terrifying about Stephen King’s bestseller.” The 1980 film was also nominated for two Razzies — for worst director and worst actress, awarded to the unfairly maligned Shelley Duvall. Contemporary audiences have a different and positive take on the chilling tale, and the film’s psychological and supernatural thrills have become embedded into the American subconscious. This month marked the 35th anniversary of The Shining. We’re celebrating with some fantastic behind-the-scenes photos that reveal the dedication, artistry, and antics that went into the making of the movie.


“Lisa and Louise Burns, who played the Grady Twins in The Shining, pose in their costumes outside the film’s Wardrobe Department.

Lisa and Louise hated the dresses, much preferring to run around Elstree Studios in jeans and t-shirts.

(photo courtesy the Burns family)”