Deleted Ending of 'The Shining' Uncovered

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Even auteurs make mistakes—or change their minds at least. It seems Stanley Kubrick originally had a different ending tacked onto his Jack Nicholson-starrer (and arguably most famous film) "The Shining," and decided to axe it at the eleventh hour.

"Kubrick had filmed a final scene that was cut, where Wendy and Danny are recovering from the shock in a hospital and where Ullman visits them," Diane Johnson, co-writer of the famous horror flick, tells Vulture.

"Kubrick felt that we should see them in the hospital so we would know that they were all right." But why would he think that? The answer may surprise you: "He had a soft spot for Wendy and Danny and thought that, at the end of a horror film, the audience should be reassured that everything was back to normal." Yes. You read that correctly. Kubrick had a "soft spot."

Only after the film had been printed and sent to cinemas did Kubrick do an about-face. He "totally reneged on that soft spot and dispatched personal assistants out to dozens of L.A. and New York cinemas to remove the scene from the all finished prints." Of course, rumors abound that there remains one complete print… somewhere. If you find it, let us know.

If not, check out the final scene, courtesy of Lee Unkrich (director of "Toy Story 3" and "The Shining" enthusiast).