In terms of movie controversies, none frustrates me more than Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. Keep in mind that I understand the complaints about the movie by both the book’s fans and Stephen King himself. An artist has the right to be upset if someone doesn’t adapt his work the way he had envisioned it. Regardless of what King feels, however, The Shining is an astounding movie and deserves its classic status. Yes, it may not have been very faithful to the source material, but it’s a horror film masterpiece in its own right, and it always gets my goat when I hear people lambaste it as being garbage because it wasn’t like the book.
Another controversy about The Shining that gets me is the casting of Shelley Duvall. I’ve never understood the hatred against her because I always thought she couldn’t have been more perfectly cast, or her portrayal of Wendy more perfectly acted. Yes, King and his fans are right to complain that she didn’t look or act like Wendy from the book. However, if it hadn’t been for her unique look and acting, Kubrick’s movie wouldn’t have been anywhere as terrifying as it was.