Travelers who take a shine to the spookier side of life may want to put Estes Park, Colo., on their weekend itinerary. Running May 2–5, the inaugural Stanley Film Festival promises four days of hauntingly good entertainment at the very hotel where Stephen King dreamed up “The Shining.”
“Putting a horror film festival together at the Stanley Hotel is a dream come true,” festival director Jenny Bloom told NBC News. (Disclosure: The Stanley Film Festival is sponsored by Chiller, the horror/suspense cable channel owned by NBCUniversal, the parent company of NBC News) “It’s the perfect backdrop for watching films because of the actual paranormal experiences people have while they’re there.”
Those unexplained experiences have been a part of the hotel’s history almost since the day it opened in 1909. 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 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.
I've been to the hotel and been in room 217. Awesome place.
Other festival events include a horror brunch (with bottomless Bloody Marys), a whiskey tasting (drinks served up by Lloyd the bartender, perhaps?) and a zombie crawl through the streets of Estes Park. Attendees can also sit in on panel discussions, including one that explores what Zakheim refers to as “the secrets of ‘The Shining’.”
Read the rest of the details here.