“'I read an essay by the great master H.P. Lovecraft where he said that you should never attempt to explain what happens, as long as what happens stimulates people's imagination, their sense of the uncanny, their sense of anxiety and fear.'”—Stanley Kubrick, in a 1980 interview with Spanish novelist and film critic Vicente Molina Foix.
“I wanted the hotel to look authentic rather than like the traditionally spooky movie hotel. The hotel’s labyrinthine layout and huge rooms, I believed, would alone provide an eerie enough atmosphere.”—Stanley Kubrick, discussing The Shining with film critic Michel Ciment, 1980
“I think that it spoils a great deal of the pleasure of the film for anyone who happens to have been unfortunate enough to have read what the filmmaker ‘has in mind.’”—Stanley Kubrick, in conversation with film critic Alexander Walker
“One scene, [Kubrick] said, ‘Well, what are you going to be doing in here?’ I said, ‘You know, Stanley, the funny thing is, whenever I’m in a big building where you wouldn’t normally be alone, I like to do something like throw a ball…’ And he goes, ‘Throw a ball! Great!’ He goes for that immediately… When I gave him the ball idea, I didn’t realize I’d be throwing it forever: until my arm was practically dropping off!”—
Jack Nicholson, discussing Kubrick’s openness to getting ideas from his actors.
(from ‘All work and no play… Jack Nicholson on the making of The Shining’ - Empire Magazine)