The Stanley Hotel, which inspired Stephen King to write the classic horror novel The Shining, thus creating The Shining (1980) movie adaptation, will be getting a horror museum update soon. Elijah Wood and Simon Pegg are some of the founders spearheading this addition to The Stanley Hotel. Colorado will be getting a major upgrade to an already great horror experience, ghost tour plus annual film festival, will you be visiting The Stanley Hotel soon?
From the LA Times:
Plans for the Stanley Film Center call for an auditorium, museum, traveling film exhibits such as "The Walking Dead" based on the film work of Charlie Adlard, a sound stage and post-production and editing space. It would operate as a nonprofit public-private partnership, a statement says, and partner with the Colorado Film School in Denver on educational projects.
Stephen King’s experience at The Stanley Hotel
The Stanley is famous in popular culture for having inspired horror novelist Stephen King to write The Shining, published in 1977. In 1974, horror writer King spent one night in Room 217 at the Stanley Hotel with his wife Tabitha while on a vacation to the Boulder area. Upon arrival, they discovered that they were the only overnight guests. "They were just getting ready to close for the season, and we found ourselves the only guests in the place--with all those long, empty corridors" He and his wife were served dinner in an empty dining room accompanied by canned orchestral music. "Except for our table all the chairs were up on the tables. So the music is echoing down the hall, and, I mean, it was like God had put me there to hear that and see those things." That night, a dream struck King with inspiration for his next book. "I dreamed of my three-year-old son running through the corridors, looking back over his shoulder, eyes wide, screaming. He was being chased by a fire-hose. I woke up with a tremendous jerk, sweating all over, within an inch of falling out of bed. I got up, lit a cigarette, sat in a chair looking out the window at the Rockies, and by the time the cigarette was done, I had the bones of the book firmly set in my mind."
According to King in later interviews, the Stanley served as his model for the Overlook Hotel, the ominous setting of The Shining, his third major work after Salem’s Lot (1975) and Carrie (1974). The hotel in King’s book is an evil entity haunted by its many victims. The main characters - Jack and Wendy Torrence and their young son Danny - are employed as winter caretakers. As the winter wears on, the hotel begins to exert its influence upon Jack, urging him to murder his family. Danny’s clairvoyant abilities - referred to in the novel as "the shine" - lend the book its title.
The Shining (1980)
Synopsis: A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future.
Directors: Stanley Kubrick
Genres: Horror, Drama
Writers: Stephen King, Stanley Kubrick, Diane Johnson
Producers: Robert Fryer, Jan Harlan, Mary Lea Johnson, Stanley Kubrick, Martin Richards
Musicians: Wendy Carlos, Rachel Elkind
Editors: Ray Lovejoy
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