"Heeeeere’s Johnny!”

Get ready to hear those immortal words uttered by an axe-wielding Jack Nicholson in The Shining again, when Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 horror classic returns to select cinemas for a one-week engagement, from Oct 31 to Nov 6 — just in time for the sequel, Doctor Sleep, opening Nov 7.

Based on Stephen King’s 1977 novel, The Shining stars Nicholson as Jack Torrance, the caretaker of the remote — and very haunted — Overlook Hotel. Jack later starts to lose his mind, threatening the lives of his wife (Shelly Duvall) and young son Danny (Danny Lloyd), who has the gift of ‘shining’ (clairvoyance).  

If you’ve only seen The Shining on your mobile device/laptop/49”smart TV, then here’s your chance to experience the terror on the big screen. Singapore is the only country in Asia to re-release the movie; each screening will be preceded by the featurette Doctor Sleep: Danny’s Journey.

Doctor Sleep, directed by Mike Flanagan (Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House) and adapted from King’s 2013 novel, stars Ewan McGregor as the grown-up Danny, and newcomer Kyliegh Curran as a young girl with ‘shining’ abilities whom he has to protect from a murderous cult  (led by Rebecca Ferguson) that preys on such endowed children .

Even though The Shining is revered as a masterpiece, King hates it. “When we first see Jack Nicholson…he’s crazy as a s***-house rat. All he does is get crazier,” King said in a 2016 interview. “In the book, he’s a guy who’s struggling with his sanity and finally loses it. To me, that’s a tragedy. In the movie, there’s no tragedy because there’s no real change.”

In 1997, King adapted the book himself as a three-part TV mini-series, starring Steven Weber (13 Reasons Why) as Jack Torrance. Kubrick’s The Shining is the subject of Room 237, a 2012 documentary about the movie’s hidden messages. Recently, Steven Spielberg ‘remade’ parts of The Shining in Ready Player One.

Catch The Shining at Cathay Cineplex Cineleisure, GV Funan, GV VivoCity, Shaw Theatres Lido, and The Projector. Tickets will go on sale next week. For more details, visit the respective exhibitor’s website. Doctor Sleep opens Nov 7.

Photos: Warner Bros Pictures