So if you DON'T want to be legitimately freaked out... avoid this movie.

Like, at all costs.

The Shining was one of the scariest movies ever made. Jack Nicholson made the film so iconic... The "Here's Johnny line." The door. The terrified family. The snow maze.

Man, I feel shivers everywhere... 

But turns out there are a bunch of stuff that you should know about the movie... if you dare.


1. The director didn't even look at the script written by Stephen King... the original author of the book.

According to one of Kubrick’s biographers, David Hughes, King wrote an entire draft of a screenplay but Kubrick didn't even read it. Kubrick worked with The Shadow Knows author Diane Johnson instead.

2. Depending on where you saw the movie, the iconic sentence "All work and no play make Jack a dull boy" changed.

In German versions, the phrase translates to: “Don’t put off till tomorrow what you can do today.” Spanish-speakers saw: “Although one will rise early, it won’t dawn sooner.” And Italians saw: “He who wakes up early meets a golden day.”


3. In the book, the spooky stuff in the movie takes place in room 217 NOT Room 237 because the owners of the real hotel didn't want to scare away the customers.

The management at The Timberline Lodge, asked that the movie use Room 237 because there is no Room 237. “Curiously and somewhat ironically, room #217 is requested more often than any other room at Timberline.”

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4. Stephen King was allegedly not a big fan of the movie adaptation of his book. He didn't think Jack Nicholson was right either because audiences already thought of him as crazy and he felt that Jack couldn't portray a decent into madness.

He told Playboy in 1983, “I’d admired Kubrick for a long time and had great expectations for the project, but I was deeply disappointed in the end result. Parts of the film are chilling, charged with a relentlessly claustrophobic terror, but others fell flat.”


5. There's an urban legend that's never been officially debunked that the director actually typed all 500 pages of “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”

The individual pages each have different mistakes and layouts and people say that it wasn't unheard of that Kubrick would've done something like that.

6. Remember that annoying little boy in The Shining? Turns out the child actor only showed up in this movie.

Actor Dan Lloyd was in a TV film two years later but that's it. “We kept trying for several years ... until I was in high school and I stopped at about 14 with almost no success," he told the Daily News.


7. But, despite the terrifying nature of the movie, the 5-year-old kid didn't know he was in a horror movie.

The director told him that he was in a drama instead. He didn't end up seeing the movie until he was 16.

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 This is him now. “I just personally don’t find it scary because I saw it behind the scenes. I know it might be kind of ironic, but I like funny films and documentaries.”



8. The iconic "Here's Johnny" line was improvised. What isn't, eh?

Jack Nicholson uttered the line ripped off the announcer Ed McMahon's line from The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. The quote was not only kept into the film but made AFI’s Top 100 Movie Quotes.

9. The sets where most of the filming took place burned down near the end of shooting.

According to the set still photographer, “It was a huge fire in there one night, massive fire, we never really discovered what caused that fire... it was an eleven alarm fire call, it was huge.” It'd cost $2.5 million to rebuild one of the sets.


There's even a famous picture of Kubrick laughing in front of it all.

The Overlook Hotel burns down at the end of the book too... Coincidence?

10. The scene where Shelley Duvall's character swings the bat at Jack broke a world record because it took 127 takes — the most for a scene with spoken dialogue.

The role was particularly difficult because the director put a ton of pressure on her during filming. “From May until October I was really in and out of ill health because the stress of the role was so great. Stanley pushed me and prodded me further than I’ve ever been pushed before. It’s the most difficult role I’ve ever had to play.” 


11. 900 tons of salt were needed to make this movie...

During the scene where Jack chases his son, Danny through a snow-covered hedge maze, the crew used (LITERALLY) tons of of salt and crushed Styrofoam to make the maze.

12. The film inspired a BUNCH of different conspiracy theories including one where Kubrick helped fake the moon landing. Some people claimed The Shining was his confession to the world.


13. Actress Shelley Duvall suffered from nervous exhaustion throughout filming... and that includes physical illness and she even lost her hair.

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