13 Days of Horror: Jack Torrance in The Shining (1980)

Perhaps one of the most famous films in the horror genre and much of that must be credited to Jack Nicholson’s stellar performance as Jack Torrance, who takes his family to the secluded Overlook Hotel to serve as its caretaker during the winter. In many regards, it is the Overlook Hotel that is the true villain of this film with its murderous ghosts that inhabit within its walls, having clearly driven individuals to insanity in the past. Whether Jack Torrance is influenced by the ghosts themselves or slips from his sanity on his own is up to the viewer, but what is certain is that the hotel encourages the events to occur as they do. However, Jack Torrance’s insanity is a special kind of evil within this film since it stems from an evil that was already within him, which is amplified once he loses all sense of rational thought.

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