Still haunted by what he saw at the Overlook Hotel, Dan has become an alcoholic to suppress his “Shining”, the psychic ability to telepathically communicate.
Stanley Kubrick’s classic has inspired a huge number of conspiracies, including that the film was the director’s apology for helping NASA fake the moon landings.
Many conspiracists claim the film – like many of Kubrick’s – was full of references to the Illuminati.
They point to visual references to Masonic symbols, such as the Eye of Providence and triangles, which feature highly in his films.
In The Shining, there are many shots of triangular chair backs, stepladders, roofs, mountains, and tapering corridors.
Conspiracists allege Kubrick was murdered by the Illuminati, in 1999, for exposing too much of the inner workings of the secretive group, but that it was made to look like a heart attack.
They point to his final film released several months after his death, 1999’s Eyes Wide Shut, for revealing how secret societies function.
In a piece by self-described “Illuminati Watcher” Isaac Weishaupt, he points to the figure in a bear costume which appears as a supernatural vision towards the end of the film as referring to Illuminati sex parties.
The bear figure appears to be performing a sex act on a man in a dinner jacket, and the scene appears to mirror the “deviant elite” parties in Eyes Wide Shut.
In The Shining’s final scene, Jack Nicholson’s character is seen as the hotel manager from the July 4th ball in 1921.
Isaac points to the fact Jack appears to be in so-called Baphomet stance, with his right arm pointing up and his left arm pointing down.
Baphomet, a goat-headed god-like figure that the medieval Knights Templar were accused of worshipping, is one of the most common occult symbols.
Isaac refers to Danny’s journey down the hallway to the notorious room 237, where many of the hotel’s horrors are hiding.
He links this to Kubrick’s alleged faking of the moon landings, as put forward by conspiracists, and the 237,000-mile journey between Earth and the Moon.
Isaac writes: “Room 237 is where the awful secrets are kept, similar to how Kubrick had to keep the Illuminati secrets from the masses.”
As well as secret societies, conspiracists have claimed that The Shining is a metaphor for the CIA‘s alleged secret Cold War mind control problem.
In one early scene featuring the creepy twin girls, a skiing poster on the wall prominently features the word Monarch.
This is taken by some as a supposed code name for the CIA behavioural engineering programme MKUltra, which used LSD, hypnotherapy and sleep deprivation to understand mind control.
According to the theory, the many continuity errors and geographical impossibilities throughout the film point to the fact that Jack and his family are hallucinating throughout their stay in the sinister Overlook Hotel.
Theorists claim Jack’s employment as winter caretaker at the hotel is a front so that the US government can test out mind control techniques on the family.