R, 146 minutes
Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, Scatman Crothers
Dad (Jack Nicholson) is a writer who claims that he is looking for a quiet place to work; Mom (Shelley Duvall) has no apparent interests other than her family's welfare. Their son (Danny Lloyd) has an angelic face and a sweet spirit. The dreadful is ostensibly represented by the hotel they are hired to watch over when it is closed for the winter. Its vastness is emphasized by its emptiness. It does not so much shelter the family group as threaten to swallow them up, especially after snow cuts them off from the world. The place has the requisite haunted history. Years ago, another caretaker murdered his wife and daughters and then killed himself there.
Richard Schickel-Time Magazine