Excellent Photos of the Ahwahnee/Overlook Hotel from 'The Shining'
It's October. The month of horror. What better film to feature than Stanley Kubrick's classic The Shining. Last year we had an entire documentary about the mysteries within, titled Room 237. This year we have a great set of photos showing the Ahwahnee Hotel, found in Yosemite National Park, which was Kubrick's reference for the interiors of his hotel. We're all familiar with the The Stanley Hotel in Colorado that is the model for the exterior of the Overlook Hotel in The Shining. But the interiors are completely different and we now have some fantastic photos from J.W. Kern showing us what the real Ahwahnee Hotel is like inside.
The full set of Ahwahnee Hotel shots can be seen on Kern's photo site The Golden Sieve. Hat tip to Sasha Stone for finding this. Here are some of our favorite photos. Click these to view the full Ahwahnee gallery:
For reference, here are two screencaps from The Shining showing some of the set design in the Overlook Hotel that is modeled after the Ahwahnee Hotel (seen above). Pretty damn close, I'd say. Nice job Kubrick.
Kern took photos of the entire hotel, including The Colorado Room, Mural Room and The Solarium. The full gallery can be seen here. Love this: "Why did the the floor in front of the elevators needed a deep clean?"
Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, starring Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd and Scatman Crothers, was first released in May of 1980. It's based on the Stephen King novel of the same name from 1977. The Ahwahnee Hotel was first built in the 1920s. In his introduction, J.W. Kern explains: "I've always viewed the interior of the Ahwahnee Hotel with a mixture of awe and dread. One can be forgiven if—upon first entering the grand hotel—he feels as though he's just stepped from what John Muir called 'the great temple,' into the lobby and great hall of the horrible Overlook Hotel. In fact, if there is a break in the illusion, it is that the common spaces of the [hotel], rather than pregnant with foreboding silence, are overflowing with visitors."