Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of Stephen King’s The Shining is widely regarded as one of the greatest horror films ever made. Personally, I love the film, but for me the greatest horror film of all time will always be The Exorcist, but The Shining is up there in my top five of all time. It is a terrific piece of work, flawless and those days when I sit down to watch my DVD copy get me very excited. However, I can’t help but feel we here in the UK are missing out on something, 24 minutes of footage to be exact, and that issue is soon to be rectified.
The British Film Institute (BFI) is planning to release the US version of Stanley Kubricks The Shining in UK cinemas in time for Halloween this year, and the US version is a full 24 minutes longer than the version made available here in the UK for all these years. It will be pushed into around 120 screens up and down the U.K. on Hallowe’en with extended runs planned at “at least 20 sites” a spokeswoman said.
While no cinemas are yet to confirm, there is no doubt the larger cinemas will be showing the film as a one-off Halloween special, so best you head down to your nearest cinema and ask them for details.
This is really exciting news, not only for the fact we will get to see the full US version, but for many horror fans, this will be their first chance to see such a classic horror on the big screen. I know I will be booking my ticket!
By Matt Wavish