It was announced yesterday by Universal (finally!) that The Shining will be coming to both Orlando and Hollywood for this year’s HHN. So here at HHNU we thought we’d share with you dear reader our top 5 reasons why this house will be AWESOME!
- The Movie Is Epic
The Shining is a movie adaptation of Stephen King’s novel, The Shining. The story line is amazing. Stanley Kubrick produced the movie from Stephen King’s novel which was published in 1977. Surprisingly, the movie did not interest Stephen King himself. He did not like the movie adaptation of his novel and went on to make his own version some years later.
The main character, played by Jack Nicholson, who acted as Jack Torrance was a turn off for Stephen King. He had preferred other regular actors to take the role instead of Jack Nicholson.
Room 217 which was the hotel room used in the novel was not adapted in the movie because of its complexities. Room 237 was later adapted although it did not exist at the hostel used for filming. The Shining holds a world record as the movie with the most retakes ever. The retakes were quite exhausting for the cast. For reasons unknown, Kubrick had very exacting reasons behind ensuring the movie was to his every specific detail, which brings us onto…
2. The Movie has Spawned Scores of Conspiracy Theories
Kubrick’s obsession with this movie is evident in every aspect of its production. He approved every last detail in this movie, from the color of the drapes, the carpet pattern, the musical arrangements to the room numbers. But what has ignited these rumors further is that neither he or any of the production crew have ever said why or what the meaning behind these very exacting aspects mean; they’ve even made documentaries about these theories!
Some of the best theories are:
- It’s Stanley Kubrick’s apology for faking the Moon Landings
- The film is about the Native Americans
- The hotel is actually Hell
- It’s about the Holocaust
- It’s about the Greek myth of the Minotaur
- It’s a metaphor for CIA mind-control
- It’s all just a dream
- The Illuminati killed Kubrick
- Jack Torrance is actually The Devil
- If you slow it down you can hear strange messages
- It’s supposed to be viewed backwards
- The movie is actually a prequel to Disney’s Frozen
Whatever the truth, will Universal on both coasts mix a few of these crazy theories into their respective houses?
3. It’s Enchanting
This horror classic epitomizes the power of your imaginations. This power was evident when young Danny mentally visualized a friend he had not seen. The voice which possessed him and took hold of him. Danny’s imagination ascribed the name Tony to his friend. Tony lived in Danny.
The Shining would make you feel fear, submission, and dominance all at the same time. A feeling that seeks to control your very being. It will make the impossible to seem possible. It will change your view of the metaphysical realm and adjust your sense of reasoning temporarily. It’s this psychological terror element that makes this a proper chiller!
4. It is Fascinating
The Shining is one horror movie that works on your mind. It comes in a flash: scintillating, horrifying and at times leaves you completely speechless. Some scenes promote comic relief irrespective of the fear. This movie makes your heart to pound.
When you feel like you have seen everything, the movie comes with another scene that wrecks your calmness. You are taken back to the deep blue sea and petrified. Even with the scare, you still want some more actions. It is captivating in an intriguing way. It holds you spellbound till the end.
With its interesting scenes, this movie will lend itself so well to a house – I mean, how the hell will they make the elevator blood sequence for one? Rumor has it that this house is currently being constructed inside one the huge soundstages – having the space and the ability they could create the snowy maze and the labyrinth like corridors.
The Shining is Ultimate
How many movies can an individual repeatedly watch without getting tired? How does it feel when you pick up a movie you have watched previously, and you decide to watch again knowing fully that every scene is already in your memory. It can be boring to watch some movies over again but not The Shining. This is one horror movie that captivates all over again each time you watch it. The scare is still is exciting in a special way. The interest is never ending. Your imaginations will be stretched to its limits. You will feel tensed and anxious. It’s these emotions and terrors that Universal will bring us this fall.
Charles Gray, HHN Show Director had this to say:
I just finished looking at some of the house designs and am thrilled by the story we’re telling. It will be the warped psychological thriller you know and love with our own Halloween Horror Nights twist.
We cast the Overlook Hotel as the aggressor and view it as if you have the “shining.” Our goal is to have you constantly doing a double take and give you that, “Did I just see that?” feeling.
After watching this movie for the first time I remember saying, “I would never go into room 237.” So, of course, that’s where we’re going to take you: all the places you shouldn’t go.
You’ll come face-to-face with the murderous, ghostly entities around every corner. And of course, the best part will be trying to escape the sharpened edge of an axe.
And if that won’t do it for you, our HHNU Grand Poobah said:
— Christopher Ripley (@christopherrip) May 19, 2017
….but then he is tweeting that from the Overlook Hotel (See the carpet in the profile picture)!
So there’s our top 5 reasons why this house will be AWESOME – do you agree? Let us know in the comments!