Twins From 'The Shining' Resurface: See What They Look Like Now! (PHOTO)

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The Shining twinsPop quiz: who are the spookiest identical twins in history? That's right, these folks. My god, the hair ... the necklaces ... the PANTS. I can't even look at that image anymore! MY EYEESSSSS okay I'm kidding. Obviously the only correct answer is the Grady twins, from Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, who uttered the iconic line, "Come and play with us, Danny. Forever ... and ever ... and ever" and thus became recurring characters in our collective nightmares every single year since the movie aired in 1980.

If you, like me, have a special traumatized area of your brain where the Grady twins live -- right next to the elevator of blood, two floors down from the dead woman in the bathtub in room 237 -- you may find it therapeutic to see what the twins look like now. They've made it easy to do so, because they're on Twitter.

Yes. The Shining twins are on Twitter. What a world, what a world.

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The real-life twins are named Lisa and Louise Burns, and apparently they never did return to acting after scaring the bejesus out of everyone in The Shining. Lisa went on to earn a degree in literature, and Louise became a microbiologist.

The Burns sisters, who were 12 when they appeared in The Shining, are now 46, and they recently attended the 50th anniversary screening of Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove. The British Film Institute tweeted a photo of them while linking to the twins' own Twitter account.

Aw, they look great, don't they? And isn't it a strange relief to see them all grown up and healthy and not haunting our subconscious? Their account is titled, appropriately enough, @Shining_twins, and it appears they have a good sense of humor about their spooky reputation:

Oh, and here's a piece of Shining trivia for you: the fictional Grady sisters weren't actually supposed to be identical twins -- they were supposed to be 8 and 10. Who knew? Maybe we were too distracted by all the ... um, other stuff to notice what their ages were supposed to be.


Are you a Shining fan? Isn't it cool to see what the twins look like now?

Images via Warner Bros, Twitter



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nonmember avatar sarah

I've never seen the movie, but I want to. The problem? I don't want to watch it by myself or at night, but I have a toddler, and definitely don't want him watching it.

I read the book, though. And it was creepy as all get-out.

Kristen Johnson

Love the story. Jack Nicholson plays an AWESOME bad guy! But they could have casted a better Wendy! The newer version is a little more true to the actual book. There are highlights and lowlights to each version. When it comes down to the all creep out, you can't beat the original, well you just can't beat Jack Nicholson! It's also always interesting to see the then and now, though it isn't something I have thought of prior to reading this article.

Kristen Johnson

Oh I forgot to mention that they actually used that particular scene in the movie Twister! When they were around the drive thru just before the tornado hit!

missy... missybest

Great to see them.  Also like the picture you have to click into with the wild outfits and twin guys.  Pretty crazy and fun.  The ladies now look to be very likeable.  Fun!

nonmember avatar Mickey Smithson

FYI....Danny teaches at Northern Illinois University.

Jorie21 Jorie21

They weren't twins in the movie... the guy told Jack they were 8 and 10 (in the original movie, I've never read the book).

ktbona ktbona

Remember when Joey read the book on "Friends"? He had to keep it in the freezer.... yes, its THAT scary. Lol. Movie is very scary, too. There is a documentary on Netflix about the hidden meaning behind many scenes in the movie... and I was afraid to watch THAT by myself! Lol

Breezy Rex

wheres the picture...?

Karre Ann Ceccolini

If the movie aired in 1980, how is it the 50th anniversary screening?

nonmember avatar Sharon McClemen

It is the 50th of Dr Strangelove not the Shinning

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