5 Most Memorable Jack Nicholson Performances 2010 The Shining
The Shining (1980): Nicholson is deeply unnerving in one of the most frightening films -- if not THE most frightening -- ever made. As Jack Torrance, he creates fear not just through the imposing nature of his physical presence, the threat of violence against his wife and child that's hinted at early and builds to a crescendo. It's the idea of the percolating madness inside -- the sense that this person is unreliable, both to himself and to others. Stanley Kubrick makes the Overlook Hotel seem frightening through all his trademark stylistic tricks, but nothing compares to the look on Nicholson's face at his most crazed.