Jack is the father of the family, also an ex
He used to be an alcoholic.
Now he wants to be a writer.
He can be aggresive and once broke his
Played by Jack Nichilson
She is called Wendy.
She is timid and quiet
Wendy worries a lot about her child’s
Played by Shelley Duvall.
Danny is about 4/5 years old.
Since he started nursery school he started
talking to his imaginary friend, who is called
He uses his finger and changes his voice
when “Tony” is talking.
Sometimes he blacks out when he’s talking
to him and this worries his mother a lot.
His parents don’t know, but Danny has
abilities to see dead spirits.
The father has decided to take a new job as a
caretaker of an isolated hotel during the off-peak
season (from October 31st until May). The hotel is
located very high up on a mountain. During the
winter it snows very heavily there and it is impossible
to travel to or from the hotel.
Before accepting the job Jack is told about a
tragedy that occurred in the hotel a few years ago.
A family had moved there to take care of the hotel
but the father went insane because he was so
isolated. He had a bad case of cabin fever. He
murdered his wife and his twin daughters, before he
During the winter there is lots of snow, every
year this causes the phone lines to break
down. The family are now completely isolated
with seldom communication from the operator.
Jack is spending lots of time trying to write his
book but begins to get angry because he has
no good ideas. He starts spending lots of time
in a room typing. When Wendy or Danny
interrupts him he gets very angry. Jack gets
angrier everyday and Wendy becomes more
afraid of him.
Danny has been
seeing of dead spirits
in the hotel. He is
having lots of black
outs, where he all he
can see is red and
rivers of blood in the
He has been taken over
When his mum asks him
a question Danny only
responds using Tony’s
voice and moving his
little finger. “Danny is
not here Mrs. Torrance.”
Wendy is extremely worried about Danny
and wants to take him to a doctor. She
goes to Jack’s writing room to tell him they
need to leave the mountain immediately.
Wendy enters the room with caution,
holding a baseball bat. Jack is not there so
she takes a look at what he has written so
far in his book as there are hundreds of
pages on his desk
Then Jack enters the room. Wendy is
afraid and wants to leave to find a
This is the scene you must watch without
sound. Use your imagination to invent
the dialogue between the two of them.