Shining, The Easter Egg - Room 217

The page where Danny actually enters room 217 for the first time (King builds to this moment for a long time, its one of the more frightening passages in the book), is precisely on page 217. Scared the crap out of me the first time I read it.

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Contributed By: Keith on 09-02-1999
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Special Requirements: 1970's edition of The Shining by Stephen King, yellow cover w/movie art (may work in other editions, not sure).
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Jade writes:
King and his wife moved to Boulder, Colorado in late summer of 1974, and rented a house. In late October, they decided they needed a break from the kids, so they checked in to the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, CO. This was the inspiration for the novel. Stanley Kubrick's movie The Shining was NOT filmed at the Stanley Hotel however. It was shot at Elstree Studios near London. The façade of the hotel used in his film was MODELED after the Tiberland Hotel in Oregon. The mini-series made for ABC was indeed filmed at the Stanley Hotel.
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babyblue22 writes:
I don't know about all of you other people, but what I read in Keith's comment was that in the book, when the boy enters room 217 it happens ON PAGE 217! All of your other comments had nothing to do with it? Why not just create your own?
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Jenni writes:
I found the facts behind this. Living in the Portland area, I knew the outside shots were at Timberline. But for the rest of you, I found the official facts from the studio (Can be seen at http://kubrickfilms.warnerbros.com/video_detail/shining/ ) Exteriors of the Overlook Hotel were shot at Timberline Lodge near Mount Hood, Oregon. The owners of Timberline persuaded Kubrick to change the pivotal room number from 217 (as it is in the book) to 237, to keep their room 217 from being associated with the film. Interiors and the outdoor garden maze were constructed on sets at EMI-Elstree Studios in England. A fire in January 1979 destroyed part of the set, including rare stills from old Warner Bros. films that were being used to portray the history of the Overlook Hotel.
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Jade writes:
Has anyone ever thought to watch the end credits?? It tells you right there where it was filmed. When "The End" comes up on the screen look at the small print underneath it. It says filmed at EMI Elstree Studios Ltd. England. Now, how tough was that to "research"???
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DB writes:
okay... to clear it out. The book the shining is based on the Stanly Hotel in Estes Park. I've been there. King stayed a night, and then started writing the book. The Kubrik movie was NOT filmed there at all. The TV movie remake of the Shining on the other hand, was filmed there a great bit. That is how is goes.
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lautsy writes:
Well sorry to disappoint you guys, although the exterior might have been shot in the states but the hotel that was used for the movie, is in Banff Alberta, Canada. Check it out.
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DanW writes:
If these things really bugged you, maybe you should do some more research. Don't believe what you hear, go get the info yourself. Here's one example of using the Internet to find stuff. "http://www.mindbuilder.com/mkraft/shining/" This is a site that says," -The exterior of the Overlook Hotel is actually The Timberline Lodge in Mount Hood, Oregon. -The interiors were all created from scratch inside of a film studio and do not actually exist." If you can prove me wrong on this, then great. But show me your source. I don't want any hearsay, or urban legends.
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Jade writes:
Incidentally, how did an egg about the BOOK turn into an argument about the MOVIE? Just wondering since this is the book section of this site.
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Jade writes:
Pick up a copy of "Stephen King Country" by George Beahm.
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smileygurrl writes:
People, here's the scoop about the Stanley and the Shining. There are *TWO* versions of the movie. The Stanley Kubrick version, which was *not* shot at the Stanley, and a more recent version (featuring Rebecca DeMornay) which *WAS*. For the record, the Overlook Hotel was, in fact, based on the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado. Stephen King liked to write about Colorado as well as Maine. Check out Misery.
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olichevymaui writes:
The Great Stanley Kubrick film 'The Shing'was not filmed in Oregon or Colorado. Although the exterior was the Timberline Lodge ON Mt.Hood,not near Hood as some have said.(That's why it's called Timberline,It is actually above where the trees grow-about the 6000 ft level!!!)Timberline was built in the late Twenties and early Thirties, and looks very much the same today as when built and when used in the film. The Overlook Hotel was 'set 'in Colorado for the film itself. Much of the film was shot in England and Canada. Know your facts before you try and sound like you know something!!!
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david77 writes:
I have been to the Timberline Lodge outside of Portland,Or. Just ask the people there and they will be happy to explain all of this for you. The exterior of the hotel is the Timberline Lodge. The maze was constructed for the movie in their parking lot. As for the interior shots in the film, I am unable to vouch for that. Also, the hotel is much smaller in real life than it appears on screen. However, I did see a snowcat on the mountain so that made up for it.
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Torgo writes:
In Kubrick's version the exterior shots of the hotel were filmed at Timberline Lodge in Oregon...other exterior shots filmed at various places in the States, the interior was a sound stage built in England. No parts of it was filmed at the Stanley Hotel in Colorado. In the Stephen King miniseries(1997)The interior and exterior shots were filmed at the Stanley Hotel(Where King had stayed and was inspired to write the novel).
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DanW writes:
The exterior of the Hotel is the Timberline Ski Lodge on Mt. Hood, right outside of Portland, OR. I've been there quite a few times and think of the movie everytime I'm there.
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yoaders writes:
I just stayed the night at Timberline lodge, on Mt. Hood, on Halloween night, with my wife, and we watched "The Shining" on the Lodges big-screen T.V. Trust me when I say this... The original "Shining" movie exterior hotel shots WERE filmed here on Mt. Hood! I dont know where the interior shots or exterior approach shots were filmed, but the exterior hotel shots look very close to the way Timberline Lodge looks like today.
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Jade writes:
First of all, it is not the Timberline Lodge that the façade is based upon. It is called the Tiberland Hotel. Secondly, they did not film the original Kubrick movie at any hotel.
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Bolverk writes:
I don't remember where "The Shining" was filmed, and I really don't give a damn, either. However, I have to state that Bryce Rausch is dead wrong about Kubrick's fear of flying. Kubrick had a pilot's license, and once almost wrecked a plane when he forgot to turn on a crucial piece of equipment. I'm not a pilot, so I don't remember what it was...seems like I read it was the magneto (sp?). Anyway, he decided that if he, a world-renowned perfectionist, could make such a potentially fatal mistake, then God only knows what kinds of mistakes the average pilot can and does make. So he swore off flying. According to Malcolm McDowell, Kubrick had a radio and a pair of headsets in his office and used to monitor the radio transmissions between pilots and air traffic controllers at Heathrow...he seemed to take delight in listening to near-misses. I don't know where Bryce Rausch got his bizarre mythology story about Kubrick losing an arm to a propeller. I'm somewhat amazed that he was able to find his way onto this site and to figure out how to even post his nonsensical ramblings. Civility prevents me from making any further comments about his ludicrous theories.
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stevie writes:
Killa C is totally wrong if he is talking about the Stanley Kubrick version. The exteriors were shot at Timberline Lodge by Mt. Hood in Oregon. If you don't believe me just go to imdb.com and do a search for the shining. The interiors, however, were not shot there, they were shot at a sound stage in England. Timberline Lodge is too small and looks nothing like the interiors of the resort in the movie. E-mail me with any arguments I would be glad too clear it up again.
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Stephen King DID NOT write the Shining at the Mohonk Mountain House. He wrote it in room 217 of the STANLEY HOTEL. Not the Mohonk Mountain House. Stephen King may have visited the Mohonk Mountain House, but it was not the inspiration for the Shining. The inspiration for the Shining was the STANLEY HOTEL. Not the Mohonk Mountain House.
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sam writes:
No, 'The Shining' wasn't filmed there - as Kubrick had a fear of flying, so they had to make the hotel in the film studio
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pax writes:
You are all wrong. The hotel scenes in the movie were shot at a hotel in Banff, Alberta, Canada. I know this because in the lobby of the hotel they have pictures and mementos from the movie being shot including Jack Nicholson with the hotel manager. We went there in January, 1994 and saw it for ourselves.
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Killa C is a fool to think anyone would pay an architect to build an enormous and costly hotel, just to look similar to the hotel in Kubrick's adaptation of The Shining. "Hey honey, how about spending the weekend up in the mountains in a hotel that's like the one from the book where the man butchered his family because the hotel told him to."
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karma3fold7 writes:
ok the film was filmed alot inside the stanly hotel the exterior was the timberland king spent the night in the stanly as it was about to close for the winter he was writing a book about people getting stuck in a haunted amusement park but his idea was going nowhere so he sat and realized to put the people stuck in a hotel unable to get out in the middle of winter thats about all i can tell you. Look up the real stanly hotel in colorodo thats how I found it. Also if you want to see the real rose red which is not in washington but in San Jose, California look up The Winchester Mansion in San Jose California it will explaine it all.
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jonny53 writes:
Ton of errors here. Just google [stephen king mohonk mountain house] and you'll see where the inspiration for the movie came from. The title comes from a line "We all shine on" in John Lennon’s song "Instant Karma". If you want to see more go to [www.moviemistakes.com/film1151].
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Sean Glass writes:
It is also the number of the hotel room in which King stayed when Writing the book. I belive the hotel he stayed in is where the movie was filmed as well.
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OK, I don't mean to put anybody down here, but I haven't heard a true fact in this entire thread. Stanley Kubrick never lost an arm, and no portion of the movie was filmed in Canada, or at the hotel Stephen King stayed in. Go to imdb.com and look up the movie, unless you don't want to find out how wrong you are.
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Ava writes:
The exterior for the original movie was filmed at the Timberland Lodge in Oregon. The interior was based on the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite, but was specifically built on soundstages at Elstree Studios, London.
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shine_on writes:
The deal is - we're talking about a couple of different versions of "The Shining".. .the original move as well as the TV miniseries. "The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado, USA was built by Freelan O. Stanley (1849 - 1940), and opened in 1909. Stanley, along with his twin brother Francis Edgar Stanley, founded the Stanley Steamer Company and had become wealthy by manufacturing automobiles. The Georgian hotel was the inspiration for the fictional Overlook Hotel in Stephen King's novel The Shining. While he and his wife were staying there, in Room 217, King conceived the basic idea for the novel. The 1997 television miniseries version of The Shining was filmed on location at the Stanley, and it has been used as a location site for other films as well." So... the movie was filmed at - whatever... the tv miniseries was filmed at the Stanley. Just go there and look at it - if you've seen the miniseries - you'll recognise the scenes. Just came back from there.
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Much of the interiors for the Shining were shot in the Awani Hotel in the Yosemite Valley. I'm not sure where they shot the exteriors.
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Britt writes:
Dan is right, the exteriors for The Shining WERE filmed at Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood in Oregon. My Aunt worked in the bar there at the time of filming, so I'm sure of it! Bryce, you're a nut! :D
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seth writes:
how about this for research: Estes Park - Stanley Hotel, The Stay in the same resort where Jack Nicholson terrorized his family in "The Shining." Details the wedding and conference facilities. http://www.estes-park.com/stanley/
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koira writes:
I'm amused after reading this board that 90% of the comments on here are written by trolling idiots who are making the stuff up (especially the troll who says it was filmed in Canada!!!) as they go. This board is nothing but troller bait. Ok, I'll fabricate a story as well. It was filmed in a hotel near Juneau, Alaska, but the interiors were filmed inside another hotel near Dodge City, KS. Happy?
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Bryce Rausch writes:
Well, Kubrick wasn't afraid of flying. He just hated airplanes since he got too close the a propeller and it chopped his whole right arm off. He hid the accident for years, but couldn't keep it from me. Anyways, Stephen King forced Kubrick on the plane and they both shot the movie. Then, they had to re-film the movie because the bullet ruined much of the film. So, Kubrick and King both filmed the movie and in room 217, they both soiled themselves so many times from the sight of a spider, that they decided to film the scary woman scene in room 216. Betcha didn't see that one. Eh! BRyce
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The inside of The Shining was filmed in the Mount Washington Hotel in northern New Hampshire. The outside of the hotel was filmed out in colorado. I've been in the hotel... that's the hotel.
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Killa C writes:
No matter what anyone thinks, this was shot at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado. There were only a few scenes that weren't (most notably the ones that take place in the maze which does not exist in real life). So, if you have a hotel near you that looks like this, it was probably modeled AFTER the movie, not the other way around. Sorry, but some little things bug me, I didn't mean to be rude if I came across that way.
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is this movie remake of 'the shining' a different one than the one that started on Sci Fi Channel on June 19?!?!?1
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MileHighMan writes:
There is also a pet cementary right next to the Stanley Hotel, and locals know for a fact that this also was one of the sites for Stephen King's Pet Semetary.
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