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While I'm sure that Sherp will chime in with his specific reasons why he does not like this film, I will state my opinion.
The very premise of isolation for any long period of time to me is scary, factor in the fact that they are snowed in, the road is unusable & the last undertaker went crazy & murdered his family, this feeling is compounded. The child, Danny has telekinetic powers & some freaky visions. Any time the innocence of children is breached by horrific visions (& creepy twins) you really feel for his character. All the lead actors do a great job showing the effects of cabin fever, especially Jack 'Torrance' Nicholson. Danny has to fight off visions as well as watching his Father slowly turn into a maniac. Nowhere to run as the Overlook Hotel is shut off from the outside world (with the exception of a 2 way radio). Images of the murdered twins, balls rolling from nowhere & hallucinations of imaginary bartenders have no explanation as they are alone in the Hotel. This is a very psychological movie. Kubrick does a great job building this isolated feeling of tension. The maze scenes are other examples of claustraphobia. It's like when I watch Das Boot, it makes me feel like I'm gasping for air as I watch those guys in the sub. Kubrick also leaves some things to the viewers imagination. What is Jack haunted by? Was he there in the past? WTF is that guy doing to that rabbit?! What is more believable to you? A man going stir crazy or a psycho with a mask killing young couples who are having sex? Many scary scenes, the redrum scene, the bathtub scene & the classic 'here's Johnny' axe scene are classic & frightening. The dialogue is great & the soundtrack ties it all together. Even without the scares, that are not your normal frights, it is a beautiful movie to watch. The mountain scenery & the beautiful Overlook make this an esthetically pleasing view. I often view this movie while snowed in to get the full effect. Sherp, at best it deserves another viewing.