Friday, October 10, 2014

Scary October: The Stanley Hotel

In celebration of my favorite month, October, I'm featuring a different scary place every Friday. This week it's the hotel that everyone knows from this movie:



Which was, of course, based (loosely) on this phenomenal book:



Stephen King was inspired to write The Shining while staying at this Colorado hotel:



While searching for inspiration in 1974, King and his wife checked into the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado, only to find they were the only two guests. The hotel was on the verge of closing for the winter. The two checked into Room 217, which was said to be haunted...



Inspired by the grand dining room and his experience with a bartender there, King began work on The Shining. Interestingly, his editor tried to talk King out of writing the book, saying he might be typecast as a horror writer. King considered that a compliment, not an insult.



Today, the Stanley Hotel is a popular tourist destination, with many guests requesting to stay in the "Stephen King room." The Stanley Hotel also honors requests to stay in Room 401, where the show Ghost Hunters had a particularly spooky experience that was caught on tape. 



Jim Carrey stayed in Room 217 while filming Dumb and Dumber there. He didn't stay long. The room spooked him so much he checked out within three hours...hotel staff say they still aren't sure what happened to scare him.



Would you dare to stay in Room 217?

54 comments:

  1. Would like to hear Jim Carrey's story and find out what really happened. I'd stay there though. I have God on my side - and I ain't afraid of no ghosts!

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  2. I love this. I had no idea Jim Carrey stayed in one of the rooms there and it's super spooky how he checked out within three hours! Something definitely must have scared him.
    I would love to write a horror book some day but more paranormal and less gore. I've always been fascinated and am addicted to shows like Ghost Hunters and Ghost Adventures. It's interesting how you chose a place where Ghost Hunters visited and I recently wrote about Greystone Park where Ghost Adventures has ventured to!
    King has such an incredible style and imagination. The Shining is one of my favorite stories.

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  3. No thanks! Stuff like that freaks me out, even though I usually don't believe any of it.

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  4. I still haven't seen the film :)

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  5. It's been a while since I read or watched this, but 217 was the one with the dead woman in the bathtub, right? I don't remember The Shining paying particular attention to 417, but again, it's been a LONG time!

    I don't think I would stay in that hotel at all, in any room. Nope, nope, nope, nope, nope. lol

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  6. I'd like to hear about Jim Carrey's story, too, but I don't know as though I'd stay in a room that was haunted - too scary!

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  7. I love reading scary books, but in real life I'm a chicken. No haunted rooms for me, thanks. ;)

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  8. Interesting...I'd sleep in another room...in another hotel.

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  9. I'll bring my proton pack and go ghost busting. Ghosts don't scare me, can't really do much to you anyway. Unless they start biffing things around the room lol

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  10. A long story that I think I've told before on my blog and may well do so again sometime but we stayed in a hotel in Germany that was scarily a hybrid of this hotel and the Marie Celeste ghost ship.

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  11. No. No I would not. I would run so far from room 217 the ghosts would be eating my dust. haha. I am so terrified of Stephen King novels!

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  12. never. never watched the shining, either. :)

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  13. I love visiting haunted places, and although I already knew a little bit about the Stanley Hotel, that Jim Carry tidbit was news to me. That comment about King being typecast as a horror writer is pretty ironic too.

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  14. No I'm not wanting to be in either of those rooms. I did love The Shining though. Scared me to pieces, but I've watch it several times.

    Have a fabulous day and weekend. ☺

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  15. In November, my hubby and I are going to stay at an Inn that's supposedly haunted. It will be interesting....

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  16. Room 217? Honey, I'd be running for the hills. Love The Shining as a fictional experience. Would hate to wake up in the real life thing, lol.

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  17. I think I would choose not to leave my house if that was my option.
    >_>
    <_<
    O_O <--me seeing a ghost

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  18. You had to show those freaky girls did you? :) I love this film even though it really freaks me out. Would I stay in that room...yup. I don't think I would alone though but I would love to stay there

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  19. Oh yeah I saw that Ghost Hunters episode. Seriously creepy.

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  20. I have an overactive imagination, so now way will I stay in a supposedly haunted room.

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  21. Don't think I would stay at that hotel at all! Didn't know about the Jim Carrey incident, and I checked the Ghost Hunter tunnel video--two words: SPOO KEY! lol

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  22. Great feature! i'm actually reading this book for the first time right now and really enjoying it.

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  23. I've seen both filmed versions of the book, but read the book first and found the adaptations lacking. I wouldn't mind staying at the hotel.

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  24. No haunted rooms for me! I like my comfort when I sleep!

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  25. I would never stay in that hotel! Are you kidding? I saw the movie and the vision of those murdered twins still sticks in my mind til this day!

    Jim Carey probably saw those twins!!! :(

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  26. Love that! Loved the movie and loved how creepy everything about it is.

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  27. There was a spookier video from Ghost Hunters where Jason was staying in that room and a glass broke--on camera while he was sleeping and no one else was around. Then he put the night vision camera on the closet and went back to bed. A long time later, the closet door just randomly opened. He got up to show there was nothing around it that could have caused it. Yep--could have all been faked, but Ghost Hunters (at least in the early seasons) NEVER hesitated to debunk hauntings and say, "Nope, this place isn't haunted." Now I'm not so sure, which is why I stopped watching. It started to feel a little staged...

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  28. This is one of my very favorite movies, although it scares the you-know-what out of me.

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  29. I've stayed at 2 supposedly haunted places and wandered another. Them spooks is scared uv me tho, not a single bump or creak.

    Yawn ....

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  30. I might just for the hype of it, but only if I have a few other people with me :)

    betty

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  31. My mother and sister-in-law visited the Stanley. My SIL took her camera. She returned with pictures that she did not take. Seriously. She's a tall woman, and these shots were higher than they would have been had she taken them.

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  32. Absolutely not I would be far too terrified – I like reading spooky books, but I don’t want to live the experience!

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  33. I don't think I would stay in the room... I don't know that I believe all the hype but you never know I guess :)

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  34. Wait aminute...The two checked into Room 217, which was said to be haunted? So the hotel was empty and the room they were given was haunted?

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  35. Blue Grumpster--I think I recall reading that he was hoping for inspiration, so he probably chose both the hotel and that room deliberately. I do remember him writing about how he and his wife checked in and went down to dinner and when they came back, their luggage was unpacked and everything was put away. The staff swore they didn't do it... I could use a ghost like that at my house, actually.

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  36. You can't find a scarier book or movie for October! I've never recovered after reading and seeing The Shining.

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  37. Bad, editor, bad.

    Isn't that interesting about Carey?

    Enjoy your day, Steph.

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  38. Although I love Halloween, I hate October. It's my least favorite month. Too many memories of losing the ones I love.

    http://joycelansky.blogspot.com/

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  39. I would never stay in that room! Just the picture of this hotel scares me, I can't imagine going there. I've been traumatized by The Shining for decades now LOL.

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  40. "The Shining" was the very best adaptation of a Stephen King novel. This was closely followed by "Carrie" (1976). A case could be made for "Stand By Me" but that was a novella ("The Body").

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  41. We drove by the Stanley on our trip and took some outdoor photos. Loved the info you included here. I think a re-watch of the movie is in order for this Halloween! :-)

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  42. lol I don't know if I would dare but great choices!

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  43. Fun post. Thank you for sharing.
    And no, I do not think I could do it.

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  44. I think The Shinning is one of the best and scariest books I've ever enjoyed. The movie was only OK because of the cast.

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  45. Hmmm ... wonder what spooked Jim Carrey out that much. Your post just reminded me I've only read one Stephen King novel (11/22/63 ~ which has a fascinating storyline but I thought dragged on for a bit too long). I'd like to read Carrie or The Shining next. As for staying in that room, I'll pass. I freak out easily.

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  46. Claudine, I read that 11/22/63 book. I actually listened on audio--and my attention kept drifting. (At the time my job was setting up laptops, a very mundane job, so it was supposed to keep my mind busy like Gone Girl did!) I would have to go to the synopsis on Wikipedia to see what I'd just missed. Stephen King is a bit wordy. I think part of it is, who's going to tell Stephen King to tighten things up?! The Stand is my favorite book but it's 1,000 pages. I was younger the last time I read it, so maybe my attention span was better!

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  47. Just reading this post scared me! The Shining was one of the scariest movies I've ever seen. NEVER would I stay in that room! No thank you! ;)
    ~Katie

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  48. Enjoy the remains of your Sunday, Steph. And as far as staying in that room. Not a chance.

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  49. I went to the Stanley Hotel this summer! I decided against forking over the $20 for the tour but I enjoyed walking around. Stunning view of the mountains, of course.

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  50. Would be interesting to stay awake to see what happens though!

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  51. I'd love to visit the hotel, but I don't think I could stay in either of those rooms. No thank you! I remember the GH episode and that was super freaky.

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  52. I honestly could not get through the movie. I found this odd since so many people love it, and I enjoyed the book. I do appreciate the creepiness, though.

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  53. I would prefer not to stay in room 217- mostly because I like to get a good night's sleep. :) I didn't know King's editor tried to talk him out of writing it because he would get "typecast". Interesting! Thanks for sharing. :)

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  54. Definitely! Sign me up. I've stayed in a haunted hotel room before, but nothing happened, even when we tried a Ouija board. Talk about a letdown.

    It's funny that King's editor thought he'd be typecast. Since he'd already published Carrie and Salem's Lot, I think that ship had sailed.

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