Here Is Another Theory

Three decades on, scholars and fans are still trying to decipher this puzzle of a film directed by Stanley Kubrick. To them it’s only ostensibly about an alcoholic father, Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) going more than stir crazy while his wife, Wendy (Shelley Duvall), and son, Danny, try to cope in an isolated hotel, the Overlook. Mr. Kubrick was famously averse to offering explanations of his films — “I have found it always the best policy to allow the film to speak for itself,” he once wrote — which has led to a mind-boggling array of theories about just what he was up to.

via ‘Room 237,’ Documentary With Theories About ‘The Shining’ –

Here is another theory: Maybe Kubrick did not know what the hell he was doing.

Update (Feb. 6, 2011):

[Q:] Why did you change the end and dispense with the destruction of the hotel? [A:] To be honest, the end of the book seemed a bit hackneyed to me and not very interesting.

via The Kubrick Site: Kubrick speaks in regard to The Shining.