Although it strays from it's source material, Stanley Kubrick is still able to formulate a masterpiece. To today's standards, this may not come across as scary, but it is definitely creepy. The environment of this film shows the slow and sometimes rapid maddening of Jack Nicholson's character, Jack Torrence. Nicholson does an excellent job with his performance. His maniacal demeanor fits the role perfectly. Kubrick's direction is phenomenal. Shelley Duvall is also a great casting call for her role as Jack's wife. The story as a whole is disturbing but it is in the way it is delivered that makes it a great piece of cinema. It is aesthetically pleasing with it's production designs. The music adds so much suspense and horror to this film that the score truly deserves a lot of credit. This is an essential horror film for any horror film fan, or any film fan in general. The slow beginning and plot devices that could use further explanation are a couple things that this film could have done better. Overall, I give this film an 8.5/10.