Hospitality to horror

The hotel that inspired The Shining is getting a new job.

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If you happen to possess The Shining, you might have seen this one coming. For the rest of us, the news has broken that The Stanley Hotel in Colorado – the inspiration for The Overlook Hotel in The Shining – is going to become a horror museum.

The team behind the Stanley Film Center says it would be the world’s first horror-themed museum, film archive and film production studio. The $24 million plan for the 43,000 square foot museum is a public-private partnership with a founding board that includes horror film heavyweights like Elijah Wood, Simon Pegg, George A. Romero, Mick Garris, Josh Waller and Daniel Noah. An educational partnership with the Colorado Film School, the centre has applied for a grant from the state’s tourism department, which if received, will make the dream a reality. The film centre already has exhibit commitments from the creator of The Walking Dead and Rick Baker, who has worked on films such as Men in Black, X-Men and The Nutty Professor.

Whether there will be a hedge maze remains to be seen. And the more important question is, what will they put in room 237?

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