In 'The Shining,' adapted by Stanley Kubrick from the Stephen King novel of the same name, Jack Nicholson plays Jack Torrance, a writer who's secluded himself and his family in the old Overlook Hotel while he attempts to complete work on his latest novel. But there's something up with that hotel, and it's driving Jack insane, pushing him over the edge until he's chasing his family around with an axe and trying to kill them. You might argue that the hotel is the real bad guy here, but Torrance becomes such a monster that it's hard to ignore.