A photo featuring Jack Nicholson from the ending of the iconic 1980 horror film The Shining went unexpectedly viral on Sunday.
The picture shows the now-84-year-old actor smiling and waving while standing in the front of a large crowd at the ghost-infested Overlook Hotel in a group picture that was famously July 4th, 1921, in the film.
Many Twitter users took to the social media to point out that this year’s 4th of July would mark the 100th anniversary of the fictitious party, and expressed their opinions and theories surrounding the picture.
A real good time: A photo featuring Jack Nicholson from the end of the 1980 film The Shining unexpectedly went viral on Sunday
The movie was based on the 1977 novel of the same name, which was written by Stephen King, who has expressed disappointment about the adaptation of his book.
The feature follows writer and recovering alcoholic Jack Torrance as he becomes a caretaker at the Overlook Hotel in Colorado for its winter season, taking his wife Wendy and young son Danny, played by Shelley Duvall and Danny Lloyd, with him.
However, the troubled figure begins to lose his mind with the influence of supernatural entities that have taken up residence in the hotel and eventually attempts to murder his family.
The film concludes when the ghost-possessed Torrance chases his wife and son, the latter of whom has psychic abilities, through a snowy maze and freezes to death.
Claustrophobic reaction: The film follows a writer and recovering alcoholic who begins to lose his mind and endanger his family when he becomes the caretaker of a ghost-infested hotel
Extraordinary talent: The Stanley Kubrick-directed feature was based on Stephen King’s 1977 novel of the same name
The feature was released to an initially mixed critical reception, although it has been reviewed much more favorably since its initial debut.
Many viewers have speculated that the photo from the feature’s ending implies that Nicholson’s character’s soul has been taken into the hotel, among other supernatural occurrences.
Director Stanley Kubrick previously discussed the photograph and its implications, and according to The Take, he expressed that Torrance may have been at the hotel prior to his arrival as a caretaker.
Specifically, the filmmaker remarked: ‘The ballroom photograph at the very end suggests the reincarnation of Jack.’
Staying forever: Following the feature’s release, Kubrick stated that Nicholson’s appearance in the photograph ‘suggests the reincarnation of Jack’
The media outlet also pointed out that the photograph that Kubrick used was really taken in 1921, although Nicholson’s head had been airbrushed onto the picture.
Several Twitter users began to openly discuss their conclusions regarding the photo, and one specifically mentioned that Torrance was not the only individual who had a history with the Overlook.
The user wrote: ‘I always though each person was a victim of the hotel. The hotel took a lot of people!’
Open speculation: On Sunday, several Twitter users took to the social networking site to express their opinions about the photo’s implications
Ideas: One user pointed out that Nicholson’s character was ‘bound to the eternal violent history of the hotel’
Others discussed the film’s larger implications as a piece of social commentary regarding various atrocities committed in the past, and one person expressed that Torrance was ‘bound to the eternal violent history of the hotel.’
One user specifically pointed out that, over the length of his filmmaking career, ‘Kubrick’s attention to detail was to an insane level.’
Another made the observation that Torrance was making a pose reminiscent of the devil in the Rider-Waite tarot deck.
Infernal implication: One user expressed that Nicholson’s pose reflected that of the devil in the Rider-Waite tarot deck, which led another to applaud the director’s ‘attention to detail’
The Shining was followed up by a 2019 feature entitled Doctor Sleep, which starred Ewan McGregor as an older version of Danny Torrance and was based on King’s 2013 novel of the same name.
The film’s cast also included performers such as Rebecca Ferguson and Cliff Curtis and was met with widespread critical acclaim upon its release.
The adaptation also met with King’s approval, in contrast to the original feature.
Following up: A sequel to the 1980 feature, entitled Doctor Sleep, was released to widespread critical acclaim in 2019
Doctor Sleep was supposed to be followed up by a spinoff centered on the character of Dick Hallorann, although its underperformance at the box office has made the status of the project unclear.
The feature’s director, Mike Flanagan, also expressed interest in a filming a sequel focused on psychic teenager Abra Stone, which was reportedly appealing to King.
A series entitled Overlook, which will be centered on the hotel of the same name and helmed by J.J Abrams, is currently in development for a future release on the HBO Max streaming service.
Future projects: A project centered on Dick Hallorann was in development prior to Doctor Sleep’s release, and J.J Abrams is currently working on a potential HBO Max series centered on the Overlook Hotel
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