The Real Abandoned Overlook Hotel
Unlike the fictional Overlook Hotel in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, this hotel is really named the Overlook. The abandoned hotel is located in the small, wine growing town of Bernkastel-Kues in Germany. Other than it has been unoccupied for about 13 years, there is no information as to why the hotel was closed. All of the furniture remains and it looks as if everyone there simply left. There are rumors that the hotel is haunted. According to urban explorers who frequent the spooky site, cameras malfunction, sounds can be heard throughout the premises and items seem to move around the hotel by themselves.
@dissolvedman Spooky shit. Let’s do it.
urban exploring. who wants to go to Germany with me??
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Room 237 is a documentary that dissects The Shining from radical Shining enthusiasts from the film relating to Native American genocides, the Holocaust, and even the Apollo moon landing. Some of the ideas are ludicrous and some were actually interesting. The main problem of the film is holding your attention through unedited, no-faced commentaries and some of the laughable synced shots from an array of films. Although a bit messy, by the end of the film, it encouraged me to watch The Shining and other Kubrick films again. It’s a film I think would do well when it’s illegally uploaded on Youtube for the bored.
Screenplay for the deleted original ending of The Shining. This hospital epilogue was located between the shot of Jack frozen in the snow and the long dolly shot through the lobby that ends on the July 4, 1921 framed photo.
Kubrick decided to remove the scene very shortly after the U.S. opening, sending out assistants to excise the scene from the dozens of prints showing in Los Angeles and New York City. All known copies of the scene were reportedly destroyed, although it is rumored that one surviving copy may exist.
Very little remains of the hospital epilogue beyond some continuity polaroids, costumes, and 35mm film trims housed in the Stanley Kubrick Archive. Evidence of just how late in the process the scene was removed lives on in the form of two actors listed in the end credits, despite the fact that they don’t appear in the finished film: Burnell Tucker in the role of “Policeman” and Robin Pappas in the role of “Nurse”.
Kubrick’s co-screenwriter on The Shining, Diane Johnson, had this to say about the deleted epilogue:Kubrick had filmed a final scene that was cut, where Wendy and Danny are recovering from the shock in a hospital and where Ullman visits them.Kubrick felt that we should see them in the hospital so we would know that they were all right. He had a soft spot for Wendy and Danny and thought that, at the end of a horror film, the audience should be reassured that everything was back to normal.
As Wendy guides the pediatrician into her living room at the beginning of The Shining, they pass a painting of a horse galloping along train tracks towards an oncoming train. The painting is titled “Horse and Train” (1954) by Canadian artist Alex Colville.
A common interpretation of the painting is that it is intended to invoke feelings of helplessness and tension, and that the anxiety is heightened because we are not shown the outcome. It can only be assumed that the results will be disastrous if the subjects continue on their current course.
The choice of this image is certainly in alignment with the anxiety and tension Kubrick has already begun to invoke as the Torrance family prepares to move up to the Overlook Hotel for the winter.
My dandy mind!
(I found the pictures on the internet. Mine is the drawing.)
Stanley Kubrick, known for his compulsiveness and numerous retakes, got the difficult shot of blood pouring from the elevators in only three takes. This would be remarkable if it weren’t for the fact that the shot took nine days to set up; every time the doors opened and the blood poured out, Kubrick would say, “It doesn’t look like blood.” In the end, the shot took approximately a year to get right.
- The Shining // dir. Stanley Kubrick
- Rosemary’s Baby // dir. Roman Polanski
- Alien // dir. Ridley Scott
- Psycho // dir. Alfred Hitchcock
- Jaws // dir. Steven Spielberg
- The Exorcist // dir. William Friedkin
- The Thing // dir. John Carpenter
- Halloween // dir. John Carpenter
- Poltergeist // dir. Tobe Hooper
- A Nightmare on Elm Street // dir. Wes Craven
My ten favorite horror films. On the rare occasions when it’s done right, horror is my absolute favorite genre.