Horror Film Festival at Original 'Shining' Hotel Opens This Month   

April 2, 2014 The hotel that inspired the Overlook Hotel in Stephen King's "The Shining" is hosting a horror film festival this month.

Stephen King stayed at the hotel before he wrote "The Shining," and it appeared in the King-produced "Shining" miniseries.

Here's the official press release:

The Stanley Film Festival (SFF) produced by the
Denver Film Society and presented by NBC Universal’s Chiller, announced today its
Opening Night film and several special event highlights and experiences taking place at
the four-day event (April 24-27). The Stanley Film Festival celebrates the best in
independent horror cinema at the hotel that inspired The Shining. The Festival will host a
full slate of films, panels, competitions, and special events – all at the beautiful and
historically haunted Stanley Hotel.

The Stanley Film Festival will open Thursday, April 24 with a Gala Presentation of an
original documentary from EPiX, Doc of the Dead. Directed by Colorado filmmaker,
Alexandre O. Philippe (The People Vs. George Lucas), the film explores the evolution of
the zombie genre in film, television and literature, as well as its impact and influence on
pop culture. The film features footage taken at the 35th
Starz Denver Film Festival’s
“George Romero’s Zombie Town Hall Meeting.”

“We are thrilled to open this year’s Festival with a locally-produced film. The Denver Film
Society is excited by the strength of the work we are seeing come out of our home state
and we cannot think of a better way to celebrate the iconic status of the Stanley Hotel
than with a film produced right here in Colorado,” says Denver Film Society Festival
Director, Britta Erickson.

Famous for its old world charm, The Stanley Hotel boasts
spectacular views in every direction and is less than six miles from Rocky Mountain
National Park. Multi-million dollar renovations have restored this 155-guestroom hotel to
its original grandeur. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and member of
Historic Hotels of America; only an hour away from Denver, it is ideal destination for a
Colorado getaway.

The Stanley Hotel opened in 1909 and it was just two years later that chief housekeeper
Elizabeth Wilson was injured in an explosion while she was lighting acetylene lanterns in
room 217. She survived the incident, but guests have reported sensing her presence in
the room ever since. Other guests have reported lights flicking on and off, doors opening
and closing and laughter and footsteps when no one else is around in other rooms and
facilities throughout the hotel.

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