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Stephen King's "The Shining" Takes Inspiration from This Eerie 100-Year-Old Hotel

The Shining is probably one of the scariest horror films in history but its origins actually take inspiration from the 105-year-old Stanley Hotel in Colorado. The author, Stephen King and his wife, apparently stayed there for a night to see whether it was truly haunted.

According to the staff, the Kings arrived a day before the hotel was set to close for winter, and that night, they were its only guests. King wandered the maze-like hallways, drank at the bar and stayed in room 217 (Kubrick changed the room number to 237 for the film).
Now, 37 years after the publishing of that book, the Stanley fully embraces its "Shining" reputation.
The 160 guest rooms come equipped with an uncut version of Stanley Kubrick's 1980 big-screen adaptation of "The Shining" on continuous loop on channel 42.

Read the rest of the article by Darian Lusk over at CBS News

Photo: Miguel Vieira from Walnut Creek, CA, USA - Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Uploaded by xnatedawgx, CC BY 2.0/Wikipedia

More pics below:

Room 217, where Stephen King and his wife stayed the night.

(Photo: Scott Dressel-Martin)


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