The word "classic" is often misused, but this 1980 horror film from
director Stanley Kubrick really is a classic, and so is Lia Beldam's
bathtub scene, which in the Blu-ray version, comes out pretty clear.
Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) gives up his teaching job to write, and
takes a winter job as a caretaker at a beautiful resort hotel in the
mountains of Colorado, bringing his wife and son for company. Because of
the weather, the hotel, built in 1901, closes for the winter.
The boy has a telepathic gift that they call The Shining, and he begins
seeing gruesome images of past events at the hotel. As winter sets in,
Jack becomes beset by cabin fever, even in the huge hotel. He starts
seeing people that aren't there and starts the headlong plunge into
insanity, endangering the safety of his wife and child.
Aside from Kubrick's excellent direction, what really makes this movie
is Nicholson's performance. His transformation from normal to nuts is an
outstanding example of his acting skills, and the movie manages to be
horrific without all the graphic blood and gore of modern horror flicks.