Controversial film opinion: Shelley Duvall not Jack Nicholson is the real star of The Shining.
Christ, the look on her face when he brings out the axe.
He’s hit her before, the viewer assumes. Long before the hotel stuff. He’s a violent unstable alcoholic. She puts up with it.
But then she realizes: “Oh, fuck. This time he’s *really* going to kill me and our child.”
It’s horrible to watch. She realizes what is happening.