Stephen King criticises Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of The Shining in new novel

The author still isn't a fan of the 1980 horror classic

Jacob Stolworthy
Tuesday 29 May 2018 14:30
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Stephen King has thrown fresh criticism at Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of his novel The Shining.

The US author, who famously dislikes the classic horror film, once described the 1980 release as “a big, beautiful Cadillac with no engine inside it” branding the director's version of Wendy - played by Shelley Duvall opposite Jack Nicholson's Jack Torrance - “one of the most misogynistic characters ever put on film.

While King remains a fan of Kubrick himself (he has deemed him “a terrifically smart guy” behind “some of the movies that mean a lot to me"), he has reignited his disdain for The Shining in the pages of his new novel, The Outsider.

According to IndieWire, it's noted in this new book how a character is watching Kubrick's 1957 war film Paths of Glory because it's “better than The Shining.”

Hollywood is still looking to King's works for inspiration at the box office, Just last year, there was a hugely successful adaptation of It which starred Bill Skarsgard as murderous clown Pennywise as well as a critically panned version of The Dark Tower which starred Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey.

There are currently six King projects in the works including a remake of Pet Sematary and It: Chapter Two which will star James McAvoy and Bill Hader.

The Outsider - which features a character from his previous novel Mr Mercedes - is available to own now.

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