What if you watch The Shining backwards? It becomes a romance, a positive epic, a heroic psychodrama. Let Mstrmnd explain:
Shown backwards it is a heroic film about human experience: A man trapped in the logic of ghosts, trapped in a grayscale 2-D flat world, a photograph inside history, frozen in spectral finity: is unfrozen, and is lured outside of a maze where both his wife and son proceed to ‘undouble’ him and assist him in his war with his self and is finally able to drive away from the Overlook, from the lunarscape of this unreal summit and into a perfect mirror, earthmade.
The argument goes on deliriously, obsessively on this score:
It's like the old joke about playing a blues or country song backwards, and getting a utopia. The singer regains woman, money, drink, dog, happiness, guns, etc.
I disagree with this argument, though:
The film has scared a lot of people since its launch. But it's extra effective as a silent film - watch it with the sound off. The heightened facial expressions, the tempo all work like some lost 1915 movie, colorized.