One of the key reasons why The Shining is still a popular film is the fact that the movie’s internal logic doesn’t make sense, and that’s all due to Kubrick. When he set out to direct a ghost story, he wanted to make it eerie, but not fantastical, nor did he want it to end with a bang, as that was too cliche. He dropped several of King’s narrative elements (exploding boiler, moving hedge animals) and rewrote the ending.
But how he made the film fucked up was with geography and architecture. When you see the Overlook from the outside, compared to the inside, the layout doesn’t match. According to one of the producers Jan Harlan, the explanation was this:
“Very often crew members asked [Kubrick], “Can you explain that to me?” And he said, “I never explain anything, I don’t understand it myself. It’s a ghost film!” You can’t imagine how much fuss was made over the big golden ballroom and the big lobby and huge windows that could never have fit into the hotel [based on the] establishing shot from outside. Any child can see that. And Stanley’s explanation was, “It’s a ghost film! Forget it!”
But that wasn’t the only place where Kubrick wasn’t giving answers.