‘The Shining’ hotel to become world’s first horror-themed museum

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‘Shining’ Hotel to Become World’s First Horror-Themed Museum.

All work and no play could soon lead some to visit an even darker side of the The Stanley Hotel — the spine-tingling inspiration for the Overlook Hotel in Stephen King’s “The Shining.” The landmark Estes Park, Colo., hotel is looking to up their creep factor with an onsite horror museum, dubbed “the world’s first horror-themed museum,” in a statment released by the hotel. Famous for inspiring Stephen King’s The Shining (although Kubrick’s version borrowed more from the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite National Park), the Stanley has never shied away from its stir-crazy spookiness, and recent years have seen the grounds become the home of the immersive, horror-themed Stanley Film Festival.

And they must have been happy to do it, because the hotel has announced plans to flesh out the property with the Stanley Film Center, according to the Denver Business Journal. In addition to the 30,000-square-foot interactive museum, the plans for the new facility include: a 1,500-seat auditorium, a soundstage, traveling film exhibits and workshop spaces. Organizers are describing as “the world’s first horror-themed museum, film archive, and film production studio.” With a Founding Board that includes genre icons like George Romero, Elijah Wood, and Simon Pegg, this isn’t going to be some dinky little gift shop off the lobby. A lonely stay at the Colorado hotel inspired King’s 1977 best-seller, which in turn was adapted for the big screen in Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining” in 1980.

It was practically built for it.” 2015 may not bring everything that Back to the Future II promised it would: flying cars, self-lacing shoes, we don’t see ’em happening over the next 12 months. (Then again, don’t bet against Nike.) But this year will definitely pack plenty of punch when it comes to cultural happenings. Mad Max will roar back out of the apocalypse while Mad Men rides off into the sunset, rock’s Antichrist Superstar and hip-hop’s Yeezus will rise again. Eric Church has covered “The Weight,” the 1968 traveler’s lament by The Band, multiple times in his career — including with Ryan Bingham during his two-night stripped-down Nashville shows in July — but his latest rendition brought an extra dose of rock & roll star power. At the inaugural American Roots Festival in Raleigh, North Carolina, on October 18th, Church enlisted jam-rock hero Warren Haynes for a shut-the-front-door cover of the immortal anthem.

Church and Haynes — famous for his time in the Allman Brothers Band, as the leader of Gov’t Mule, and as a touring guitarist with members of the Grateful Dead — share some history as fellow North Carolina natives, and a few days earlier, both were inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame. So when Haynes stepped into the spotlight onstage in Raleigh, Church had a satisfied look in his eyes, grasping the singer-guitarist’s hand and looking even more amped up than the crowd sounded. In fact, Church’s smile never left his face, even as he put a ton of extra English on the song’s creepy fourth verse, and especially when Haynes closed out the song with an earthy delivery that was just right for the tune’s well-worn feel.

Church will share the stage with another musical legend November 4th, when he and Hank Williams Jr. kick off the 49th CMA Awards with Williams’ new single “Are You Ready for the Country.” Haynes, meanwhile, released the more Americana-leaning solo effort Ashes & Dust this past summer.

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