The Creepy History Behind ‘The Shining’s’ Stanley Hotel

The giant mansion where the Kubrick classic takes place is actually a character in its own right.

Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 film The Shining remains an oddity among classic horror movies. For the most part, it ignored conventional horror cliches and pacing. The movie is so singular, in fact, that many critics consider The Shining to be more of an art piece than a scarefest.

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The movie stars Shelley Duvall as a woman whose sweetness is tested to the limits by Jack Nicholson’s terrorizing character. However, the giant mansion where The Shining takes place is actually a character in its own right.

Stanley Kubrick’s Creepy Overlook Hotel in The Shining

The Stanley is a beautiful hotel but also so spooky that it inspired Stephen King’s famous 1977 ghost story, The Shining. It also inspired the subsequent Jack Nicholson film that had people running out of movie theaters in terror.

The history of the hotel, which was built in 1909, is long and includes some ominous events like a gas explosion in 1911.

The Overlook Hotel is located in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. The remote building features physically impossible angles and design elements and too many abandoned rooms to count. It is also home a nude elderly woman in a bath, two terrifying twins, and ghosts that the hotel itself seems to materialize.

Is Room 237 Actually Haunted?

In addition to that, the hotel encompasses the infamous Room 237. That room has so many ghost stories tied to it that it spawned the documentary Room 237 in 2012. Diehard fans of The Shining can even take a tour of the room.

During one night tour, guests are encouraged to take as many pictures as they can. Perhaps that ups the odds of capturing a photo of some paranormal activity? Apparently, it works.

You tell us what they captured here. Looking closely at that white-dress-wearing girl that not a single person on the ghost tour appears to notice.

“Even if you look at the picture, you notice no one is looking there. You just don’t excuse something like that. My initial reaction was ‘no way,’” Jay Mausling told Inside Edition.

Jessica says she contacted the hotel to ask if a little girl had stayed at the hotel that day and they told her no, not a single guest room had a transparent little girl staying in it — though the tours are open to the public as well as hotel guests.

The most common complaints at the Estes Park hotel, according to Bustle, are “items moving or lights flicking on and off on their own; some have also reported hearing children laughing or finding what looks like the imprint of a child-sized body on unused beds.”

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