The Shining (1997) Revisited – Horror Movie Review

The latest video to be released to the JoBlo Horror Originals YouTube channel under the “Revisited – Horror Movie Review” banner isn’t actually a movie, it’s a three-part mini-series that aired on ABC back in 1997: it’s Stephen King and Mick Garris’s version of The Shining (get it HERE). King made it very well known that he wasn’t a fan of Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 adaptation of The Shining, so seventeen years later he took the chance to bring the story to the screen himself… And it turned out that most horror fans liked Kubrick’s take on the material better. The mini-series does have its fans, though, and one of them is our own Lance Vlcek – which is why he made The Shining (1997) the subject of an episode of the Black Sheep video series. Check it out in the embed above!

Directed by Garris from a script by King, the mini-series version of The Shining has the following synopsis:

Jack Torrance and his family move into the sprawling, vacant Overlook Hotel to get away from it all. Away from the alcoholism that derails Jack’s writing career. Away from the violent outbursts that mar Jack’s past. But Jack’s young son Danny knows better. He possesses a psychic gift called the shining — a gift the hotel’s vile spirits desperately want. In the hands of Stephen King, the “dead” Overlook comes horrifyingly alive. Phantoms lurk, the message “redrum” appears with scary frequency, and even garden topiary lurches into macabre existence in this atmospheric shocker.

The cast includes Steven Weber, Rebecca De Mornay, Courtland Mead, Wil Horneff, Melvin Van Peebles, Pat Hingle, Elliott Gould, John Durbin, Stanley Anderson, Cynthia Garris, and Miguel Ferrer, with appearances by Shawnee Smith, Sam Raimi, Frank Darabont, and King himself.

The Black Sheep video series features

different takes on horror films that the masses or/and critics didn’t care for but that we found merit in. We defend horror movies that deserve more love!

This episode of The Black Sheep was Written, Narrated and Edited by Lance Vlcek, Produced by Lance Vlcek and John Fallon, and Executive Produced by Berge Garabedian.

Some previous episodes of The Black Sheep can be seen below. To watch more, head over to the JoBlo Horror Originals YouTube channel – and subscribe while you’re there!

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About the Author

Cody is a news editor and film critic, focused on the horror arm of, and writes scripts for videos that are released through the JoBlo Originals and JoBlo Horror Originals YouTube channels. In his spare time, he's a globe-trotting digital nomad, runs a personal blog called Life Between Frames, and writes novels and screenplays.