There’s no denying that The Shining is one of the most iconic horror films ever made. It created classic pop culture references like “Red Rum” and revolutionized new filmmaking techniques like the Steadicam. Just in time for Halloween, two insiders are revealing behind-the-scenes tidbits ranging from Stanley Kubrick’s approach to filmmaking to the film’s ambiguous plot.
In a new Guardian article, Jan Harlan, an executive producer on the film, and Joe Turkel, who played Lloyd the bartender, share on-set stories from the making of Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 classic.
Harlan acknowledges the film’s departure from Stephen King’s novel, explaining that the author gave Kubrick permission to change the story and the director made it a lot more ambiguous: “It’s a great film — but if you want an explanation, forget it.”
Harlan also reveals that the snow outside the hotel was “made of formaldehyde and salt, while the fog was finely sprayed vegetable oil.”
Turkel explains that Kubrick didn’t overstate anything onset: “Things were always either fine or good with him. He didn’t do hyperbole.”
The film is being rereleased this week in the UK. Seeing this visually stunning film on the big screen is a can’t-miss experience.
The Shining is also of particular interest this year because of a new documentary titled Room 237, which examines theories about the ambiguous film.