Read: The Original Ending to 'The Shining'

In OnScreen & Music by LimeLife , on Friday, January 25, 2013, 3:46 PM (PST)
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Heeeeere's The Way 'The Shining' Was Supposed to Have Ended

If you're a fan of horror movies then, you've no doubt, had your blood curdled a time or two by watching Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of Stephen King's famouse novel 'The Shining.'

And, while Kubrick had always intended to remain true to the scarefest that is the book, in the original script for the film, we find mom Wendy and her "redrum" seeing son, Danny (Shelly Duvall and Danny Lloyd) alive and "well" and recuperating from their murderous ordeal at a hospital.

Screenwriter, Diane Johnson, a novelist who co-write the script for the film with Kubrick explains, "Kubrick felt that we should see them in the hospital so we would know that they were all right."  But, why? "He had a soft spot for Wendy and Danny and thought that, at the end of a horror film, the audience should be reassured that everything was back to normal," Johnson explains to Business Insider.

So, why then, did the movie end up with both dead? According to Johnson, that was the studio, Warner Bros., doing -- specifically, publicist Julian Senior who said that the ending wasn't the way it needed to be. The rest is history as the film was re-edited to have it end in the horrifying way we've always seen it.

Want even more details? Lee Unkrich, director of films like "Toy Story 3" has a website that pays homage to the scary movie. One the site,, Unkrich posted the script the way it originally read.  Check it out here. As he says, "Kubrick decided to remove the scene very shortly after the U.S. opening, dispatching assistants to excise the scene from the dozens of prints showing in Los Angeles and New York City. All known copies of the scene were reportedly destroyed, although it is rumored that one surviving copy may exist."  Wow.

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Comments (3)
Posted By Traci (1 year ago)
I don't know what version you saw, but both didn't end up dead. Jack Nicholson freezes to death in the Maze, and Danny and Mom end up on a snowcat going down the mountain.
Posted By dissertationphd (1 year ago)
It’s also true that these “partnerships” can allow a single-country agency to participate in reviews for global assignments.
Posted By Dave Fox (1 year ago)
Clearly this guy has never seen the film! Both escaped alive plus Kubrick did everything possible to change the story so that it WASN'T like the book at all. Use proper journalists who do research. Dicks.
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