The Shining is one of my favorite horror movies. It’s not about cheap jump-scares, oodles of blood and over the top gore/sadism. It’s a slow burn as ghostly forces invade the mind of a man being driven slowly into homicidal rage. A homicidal rage we can see all too often in murder-suicide tragedies today.
Here’s a great background of how Kubrick approached and looked at the themes of the Shining – which is why he largely threw out most of Stephen King’s script and worked instead with Dianne Johnson. She had written a book about a woman terrorized by an unknown horror called ‘The Shadow Knows‘. Kubrick had no desire to collaborate with King, but instead spent days with Dianne Johnson talking about gothic horror literature and even watching movies together.