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LONDON – Stanley Kubrick‘s The Shining, starring Jack Nicholson, will reach a fresh generation of cinema-goers here as the British Film Institute plans to roll it out theatrically in the fall.
The BFI said it plans to release the U.S. version of the film – never before released in the U.K. – for Halloween this year.
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.
The U.S. version is 144 minutes long, some 24 minutes longer than the European version previously released here in 1980.
Based on Stephen King’s bestselling novel, Kubrick’s tale of a family man and would-be writer (Nicholson) going mad as winter caretaker of the cursed Overlook Hotel is a seminal work of the genre. Kubrick’s film has been described as a masterpiece of modern horror and is widely considered to be one of the most terrifying movies ever made.
However, at the time of release both Kubrick and lead actress Shelley Duvall were nominated for Razzie Awards for the film.
Martin Scorsese has pointed out the movie is like no other horror film ever made, describing it as “essentially unclassifiable, endlessly provocative and profoundly disturbing.”
In the run-up to Halloween, Kubrick’s original trailer, newly re-mastered ahead of the release, will also unspool in British theaters. The U.S. version of The Shining will screen here courtesy of Warner Bros.
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