Watch Rare Behind-the-Scenes Footage From the Set of The Shining

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As is the case with many horror movies, Stanley Kubrick's production of The Shining (1980) has gained an infamous reputation. The combination of the legendary director's unique working style and the eerie source material has made the film the subject of many rumors. Though some aspects of how The Shining was made will likely remain a mystery, behind-the-scenes footage gives us an idea of what life was like on set.

In this video—edited and directed by the director's daughter Vivian Kubrick—you can watch Stanley Kubrick, Jack Nicholson, and Shelley Duvall bring Stephen King's supernatural story to life. It shows Nicholson and Duvall rehearsing their lines and getting into character as the Overlook Hotel's deranged caretaker and his tormented wife. Kubrick, who was known for his meticulous direction, can be seen setting up some of the film's most iconic shots. The featurette even looks at how some gruesome special effects were achieved; in one sequence, crew members are shown mopping fake blood across the floor of the set.

The Shining's production suffered from numerous obstacles, including tensions between Kubrick and Duvall and a massive fire that destroyed multiple sets. When the movie premiered in 1980, it was met with a mixed reception. Over time, The Shining has come to be regarded as a classic of its genre and a highlight of Kubrick's, Nicholson's, and Duvall's careers.

Whether you believe The Shining is the key to moon landing conspiracy theories or just a great horror movie, you can find something to enjoy in the video below. Here are more facts about The Shining you should know.