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In celebration of one of the greatest horror movies of all time, we got hold of these brand new behind the scenes photos of the making of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining.

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It’s hard to believe that 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.

Kubrick’s quest for perfection was taken to new levels during the making of The Shining. Crew members broke down in tears and actors found themselves asked to do over 127 takes (The Guinness Book World record) for a single shot. Other stories include: Kubrick agonizing for months on the color of the titles in the opening credits; calling Stephen King obsessively at 3 AM asking him if he believed in God; frantically changing scenes at the last second; forcing Jack Nicholson to eat cheese sandwiches (which he hated) to portray disgust; and pushing actress Shelly Duvall’s sanity till her hair started falling out. Jack Nicholson was so disturbed by the way Shelly Duvall and Scatman Crothers were treated that he vowed never to work on a Kubrick film again.

It took 3 days just to film the “Here’s Johnny” scene, which required over 60 doors. If you haven’t seen The Making of The Shining by Vivian Kubrick, it is essential viewing for anyone who’s a fan of The Shining.

Enjoy the photos… Amazing Behind The Scenes Photos For The Shining

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