Just thinking of Stephen King’s 1977 thriller The Shining sends creepy chills down my spine and the spooky “Redrum” chant echoes in my mind. The haunted Stanley Hotel, where King was inspired to write the 1977 thriller The Shining, released plans to build a horror-themed museum.
BOO! Haunted Stanley Hotel Plans Horror Themed Museum
Welcome to the dark and “shining” side of The Stanley Hotel, located in Estes Park near the entrance of Rocky Mountain National Park. This haunted Colorado hotel is already one of the creepiest places to stay, with an abundance of paranormal activity of ghosts, moving objects, flickering lights, and general creepiness. (And yes, I have overnighted at the Stanley, and yes, I have had an other-world visitor!) Last week, the historic hotel released plans to build a “Stanley Film Center,” featuring a horror-themed museum, film production studio and film archive.
The Stanley Film Center would also include an audtiorium, traveling spooky film exhibits such as The Walking Dead, a sound stage, and post-production and editing space. The plans detail its operation as a nonprofit public-private partnership including partnering with the Colorado FIlm School in Denver on educational projects. The proposed museum’s founding board includes actor Elijah Wood of the Lord of the Rings movies and British actor Simon Peg.
But before you start booking your next haunted travel to the Stanley, there’s one small bump in the road: the state of Colorado has to say yes. The Stanley Hotel is seeking $11.5 million in Colorado tourism funds to assist in the $24 million proposed cost of the year-round horror destination.
But there’s good news for those who are ready to take the plunge and stay at the Stanley Hotel. The hauntings will continue with its full slate of spooky ghostly tours and an annual horror film festival.
The proposed horror museum would potentially round out this Colorado haunted hotel as a year-round destination for fans of haunted travel.