Horror, by Stanley Kubrick, United States, 1980.
Based on the novel of the same name written by Stephen King in 1977, the film tells the drama of a family who must spend the winter in total isolation in a hotel in the high mountains, the scene of disturbing and supernatural events that drive his father Jack to go mad, manifesting murderous instincts. The son, little Danny, proves to possess a complex of extrasensory faculties, here called the shining, which lead him to have visions of the dark past of the place and of future events. Jack Torrance, a former unemployed teacher with a passion for writing and with alcoholism problems, accepts a job as a winter guard at the Overlook Hotel, a large hotel in the mountains of Colorado, miles away from any town. During the recruitment interview with the hotel manager Stuart Ullman, the latter argues that it is a job that is not physically expensive but that it presents difficulties in adapting, as it makes it necessary to face five months of total isolation. The man says that ten years earlier a certain Delbert Grady, another in charge, was struck by a strong nervous breakdown, which led him to exterminate the entire family with an ax and then commit suicide with a shotgun. Jack, almost amused, replies that it is not a situation that could happen to him and that indeed a silent and solitary job like this would give him the necessary tranquility to write his novel.