Agreed - the remake was truer.

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Posted by jkm822 at on March 17, 2003 at 15:19:05:

In Reply to: Actually...(slight spoilers within for those who posted by Lithmick on March 17, 2003 at 15:02:47:

The first is a classic, and I love it, don't get me wrong. OK, I'm not a big fan of Shelley Duvall in it, and some of the color schemes left something to be desired (I had a class once where we watched the Shining, and the professor read way too much into the carpets), but it's a great film.
Still, the one they made with Steven Weber and Rebecca DeMornay was much closer to the actual text, and I was glad to see that. I was always kinda disappointed that the original film didn't do the hedge creatures, or the tiny Outlook in the playground, or the papers in the basement, or any of that stuff. I tell a lie - I saw the original film before I'd read the book. But once I HAD read the book, I was disappointed.
Overall, I'd say they're both good, just very, very different.

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