The Original Cast:
Writer Jack Torrance (Nicholson) takes a job as an off-season caretaker at in no way creepy, eerily isolated Overlook Hotel *cough*. Before long, his son is badgered by all manner of ghostly presences, courtesy of his pesky psychic abilities.
When a snowstorm hits, and the family are trapped in the hotel, things from from bad to worse to terrifyingly crazy, as Jack becomes influenced by a demonic presence and spirals into madness, and attempts to murder his family.
The Remake Cast:
Believe it or not, when
was first released, it was nominated for two Razzie nominations.
Time has since transformed it into a veritable cult and horror classic, with Nicholson's extraordinary performance singled out as one of the craziest and captivating turns in cinematic history.
With that in mind, and Jack Torrance the key driving character behind the whole loopy tale, we think the most charismatic, wiley and chameleonic of modern actors, Benedict Cumberbatch, is a good shout.