In 1974, Stephen King checked in as the only guest in the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, CO before it shut down for the winter. He dreamed that night of his three-year old son being chased through the long, empty corridors. He woke up and had the inspiration for The Shining. They play the movie the Shining on one of the channels 24/7 in the hotel now.
Director Stanley Kubrick had his secretary fill about 500 pages with the iconic “All work and no play” phrase for the film “The Shining”.
Director Stanley Kubrick’s secretary often heard the sound of a book hitting the wall as he flung it into a reject pile when looking for a novel to adapt. When it had been a while since she had heard any sound, she walked in to check on her boss and found Kubrick deeply engrossed in The Shining.
Simon Cowell briefly worked as a runner in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. He polished Jack Nicholson’s axe.
In the iconic door-smashing scene in The Shining, Kubrick originally had a prop door in place. Jack Nicholson, who had worked as a volunteer fire marshal, got through it too quickly, so it was replaced with a real door. Nicholson was Kubrick’s first choice for the role of Jack Torrance; other actors considered were Robert De Niro (who claims the film gave him nightmares for a month), Robin Williams and Harrison Ford, all of whom met with Stephen King’s disapproval.
The little boy from The Shining teaches Anatomy at a community college in Kentucky and he tells his students at the beginning of each semester that they will fail class if they ask him anything about The Shining.