Kubrick’s determination to ditch King’s original ending — where Jack Torrance manages to momentarily become independent from of the handle the hotel has on him to warn his young son Danny to escape with his mother, before he is then killed by an explosion brought on by the Overlook’s faulty boiler — especially irked the writer, describing it as “the basic difference that tells you all you need to know” when evaluating the unconventional and the film. In Kubrick’s version, Jack freezes to death after unsuccessfully chasing Danny through the hedge maze and the Overlook stays status, boiler issues notwithstanding. Sounds pretty cold to us. “ no sense of emotional investment in the family whatsoever on part,” King declared in that aforementioned Paris Review interview, before happening to single out his issues with Shelley Duvall’s Wendy. “I mean, discuss insulting to ladies.
She’s in reality a scream desktop. There’s no sense of her involvement in the family dynamic at all. ” He later went a step additional in his criticism by pointing out in that BBC interview that Kubrick’s characterisation of Wendy in The Shining created “one of the most misogynistic characters ever put on film.