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15 Stephen King Stories Made Into Films

The Shining (1980)

The term cult classic doesn't really cover what The Shining is to American pop culture. Starring Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall and directed by Stanley Kubrick, The Shining is essentially a story about cabin fever -- really, really, bad cabin fever in a haunted cabin where tidal waves of blood occur from time to time and a force called "the shining" possesses little kids. There is an element of camp that can't be denied about this particular adaptation (there have been others, including a 1997 TV version), but King intensely disliked what Kubrick did with the story. Nevertheless, the movie spawned a dozen catchphrases, including "Heeeeere's Johnny" and "Redrum! Redrum!"