The Shining - epilogue (lost scene of horror film; 1980)

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Stuart Ullman visiting the hospital. Here he says hello to Danny and a nurse, playing "Snakes and Ladders".

Status: Lost

Wendy Torrance (Shelley Duvall) at the hospital in the deleted scene.

Stanley Kubrick's 1980 adaptation of Stephen King's The Shining is considered by many to be one of the best horror films of all time. In the movie, struggling writer Jack Torrance (played by Jack Nicholson) moves into the Overlook Hotel with his wife and son, caretaking it for the winter. A combination of "cabin fever" and ghostly visions slowly erode Jack's sanity, until he turns on his own family.

Initially, the film was released with two more minutes for an epilogue to the events. In the scene, Danny and Wendy are in a hospital, recovering from Jack's assault. Stuart Ullman, the Overlook's manager, arrives to check on them. He shows remorse towards the trauma they suffered and offers them a place at his Los Angeles home. He maintains that, despite a detailed search, nothing unusual was found at the hotel. The scene ends with Stuart throwing a yellow tennis ball to Danny, alluding to an earlier scene in the film. This scene was meant to show Wendy and Danny survived the ordeal, but also adds mystery to the manager and his motives. The movie still ends showing Jack Torrance in an old photo in the Outlook.

The original cut premiered in Los Angeles and New York on numerous screens. But, due to his urge for perfection, Kubrick ordered the scene to be cut, having changed his mind. As far as we know, all copies of the scene were thus destroyed. It is unknown if the scene still exists, behind public eyes. Material associated with the scene includes a script, some Polaroid photos, and credits for two of the scene's characters, a nurse, and a policeman.

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