The Shining announced for Halloween Horror Nights 2017
Right on the heels of announcing Stanley Kubrick’s Shining for Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights, Universal revealed that West Coast horror devotees can also experience the Overlook Hotel, as well.
It’s hard to convey the magnitude and impact of The Shining; over the past 37 years, there have been few cinematic experiences like it, whether in horror or a different genre. Tackling the screenplay with author Diane Johnson and drawing legendary performances out of Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall, Kubrick was able to weave a complex, intellectual, and ambiguous (seriously – try to make sense of the ending) big-screen outing out of Stephen King’s original novel. (The movie is so deliciously enigmatic, in fact, there’s even a full-length documentary, called Room 237, devoted to its various interpretations. It’s currently available on Netflix for all those who want to be fully soaked in the film before heading out to this year’s Horror Nights.)
It is precisely this loaded atmosphere that can be realized so well as a haunt – not to mention realizing its many indelible, iconic scenes. According to Universal, Shining will:
Provide guests with a unique opportunity to relive some of the film’s most iconic – and sinister – moments. While venturing through the eerie Overlook Hotel, guests will be thrust into the hotel’s tragic history of murder and madness, bearing witness to caretaker Jack Torrance’s spiraling descent into insanity. Nightmarish visions will come to life in this macabre maze, overwhelming guests with the “shine” of the murderous, ghostly entities that lurk around every turn – all while trying to escape the wrath of Jack Torrance as he violently succumbs to the hotel’s paranormal forces.
(It should be noted that, despite the film’s many plaudits, it has several huge discrepancies with the source material, which led King to eventually try his own hand at adapting it. A three-part television miniseries was broadcast by ABC in 1997, and it’ll be interesting to see if there will be any callouts or Easter eggs to either this version or the originating novel.)
The Shining will join American Horror Story at Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights, which runs for a record-breaking 34 select nights, from Friday, September 15 to Saturday, November 4.