On Memorial Day 1980, The Shining, one of the greatest horror films ever made premiered in theatres and captured audiences across the nation.
The visionary Stanley Kubrick directed movie starred Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance, a writer who took on a job at an isolated hotel built atop of a Native American burial ground to help him overcome his writer's block. Torrance moved into the hotel with his wife Wendy (Shelley Duvall) and their son Danny (Dan Lloyd) who was gifted with the power of "shining," a telepathic ability. Soon after they settled in inexplicable things began to take place and all does not end well.
Although Stephen King, the author of the novel the movie is based on, didn't quite love the film, the rest of the world embraced the masterpiece and became fascinated with the actors.
Nicholson arguably delivered one of his best performances in the classic psychological horror film, but it was the child actors who gave the film the extra zest through their acclaimed performances.
I mean, there are very few movie scenes more terrifying than the one with the dead twins chanting at Danny in the hotel corridor.
In fact, the kids were so important to the movie that Kubrick personally ensured their safety and comfort while on set.
During the entire filming process Dan wasn't made aware that he was shooting a horror movie, so for the darker scenes involving the young boy, Kubrick ordered life-sized dummies to be used in Dan's place.
Since the young actor was under the impression that the film was a drama, the set managers would often play music before each scene to get him in the right mood.
As for Lisa and Louise Burns, the actresses who played the Grady twins? They had to film their scenes using fake props so they would remain unharmed.
Their efforts proved successful because the children suffered no injuries and Dan later revealed in an interview that he truly had no idea what the genre of the movie was at the time of filming and he only realized what went on behind the scenes after watching an uncut version of the film 11 years after its release.
But the question that remains on everyone's mind is: "whatever happened to the kids who played these iconic characters?"
Click on the next page to see what the child stars look like all grown up!