- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Sorry for the light blogging over the past few days. My much better half and I were in a wedding in Estes Park, Colo., about 90 miles north of Denver. We stayed at the Stanley Hotel, a grand old structure nestled into a mountainside.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a lodging establishment milk more associational fame than the Stanley. The place apparently was the inspiration for the Overlook Hotel in Stephen King’s novel “The Shining.”

Yet Stanley Kubrick, who along with screenwriter Diane Johnson parted appreciably from King’s storyline, eschewed Colorado in favor of Oregon; he shot the exteriors for his 1980 adaptation on Mt. Hood. The far inferior TV miniseries of 1997, however, was indeed filmed at the Stanley.

Such on-location niceties are no matter: The Stanley proudly hawks “Shining”-themed T-shirts bearing the frightening visage of Jack Nicholson as the demonic failed novelist Jack Torrance. And on its “ghost tour,” the hotel claims Jim Carrey summarily checked out of the hotel while filming 1994’s “Dumb and Dumber.”

Something — something spooky — happened to Carrey there. But, say Stanley tour guides, he “refuses to talk about it.”

Are you thinking what I’m thinking?

Room #237?

Two little blonde girls in baby blue dresses?

Say it with me, horror movie-lovers: “Come play with us, Jimmy.”

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