Sharpen your axes, oil your typewriters and have some ice cream, Doc: A new horror film festival is coming to Mt. Hood's Timberline Lodge.
Does that name sound familiar? The Overlook Hotel is the fictitious Colorado hotel that served as the staging ground for Stanley Kubrick's The Shining—the horror movie based on Stephen King's novel of the same name that starred Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance, a struggling writer and recovering alcoholic who is driven insane by the spectral residents of the Overlook Hotel.
Although the vast majority of The Shining was shot on an enormous sound stage in England, the exterior of the Timberline Lodge was used by Kubrick in establishing shots in the film. The Onion's A.V. Club made a video explaining just how the Lodge was used:
Alongside movies, programming for the Overlook Film Festival will include a new real-world immersive game from gaming company Bottleneck Immersive and a live performance of the serialized radio play "Tales From Beyond the Pale" from horror director Larry Fessenden. Lodging for the festival will be available at the Timberline and in surrounding hotels.
The advisory board of the Overlook Film Festival include actor Elijah Wood (The Lord of the Rings trilogy), director Joe Dante (Gremlins) and Sundance Film Festival programming director Trevor Groth among many other festival and film veterans. Overlook is mostly being programmed by Landon Zakheim and Michael Lerman, who are serving as co-directors of the festival.
The Overlook Film Festival looks as fun as it is sure to be spooky. Until next April, you'll have to keep yourself satiated by re-watching The Shining, which is still scary as hell.