Wednesday, November 28, 2012

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As a few snow flakes fell yesterday afternoon I was reminded of a day back in May when we waved farewell to Portland, Oregon and headed off for Mt Hood. The remarkable thing about this Mountain is that the exterior shots for 'The Shining' were filmed here. As Woody chuffed his way up the winding incline we couldn't help but quote lines from when Jack, Wendy and Danny Torrance made the exact same journey back in 1980. "See, it's OK. He saw it on the television"

When the hotel came into view I felt giddy with excitement, there she was in all her glory! We spent the afternoon throwing snowballs and chasing each other about, screaming at the top of our lungs, "I'M COMMMMMING FOR YA DANNY BOOOOOOOY". We snuck inside the hotel and I felt a pang of disappointment when the interior was oh so modern and swanky and nothing at all like the old fashioned grandeur of the 'Overlook Hotel'. Although I'd known that the interior shots were filmed in Kubrick's beloved England, I still secretly hoped to see Jack Nicholson throwing his tennis ball at the walls or spy the Grady twins strolling by hand in hand.

As the sun started to fade we jumped in Woody and made haste for the nearest Walmart car park. The temperature was dropping rapidly and I was afraid if we stayed any longer Oli may begin to bare a striking resemblance to frosty Jack Torrance.












Photographs by Oliver Abbott 
Screenshots courtesy of Exquisitely bored in Nacogdoches

13 comments:

  1. oh fun! i'm not a horror fan at all but i love the shining, it's a classic.

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  2. Gorgeous photos of the architecture and scenery. But after The Shining, I don't know that any place could seem that spooky in comparison.

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  3. Oh, that snow is nice to see. It's pushing forty in Melbourne town today and I think I'd almost be willing to trade it for a frozen wasteland and murderous spouse. Even the gulls are panting.

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    1. I miss Melbourne so much but golly I'm enjoying the frosty weather other here. Melbourne heatwaves are a killer! xx

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  4. Stephen King. Those 2 words say it all. Now let's add four more: Jack Nicholson Stan Kubrik. The film of my life, even though the book is better.
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    1. I actually haven't read the book, I'm going to have to change that! xx

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  5. oh wow! what a cool place to visit!

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  6. Oh it's so good to see here again, it's been a long time I didn't see this movie...
    It's a very small detail I got, but I wonder how you drove on this road? wasn't it so slippery?:)

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    1. Oli did most of the driving on our trip as my license was lost in the mail, by the time I was driving there was no snowy roads t conquer. He found it pretty easy, it wasn't too slippery thank goodness! xx

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  7. I love Stephen King! And this film is amazing. You are a lucky lady, this place is lovely! Kissssssssss

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  8. The interiors of the hotel in The Shining were based on the hotel in Yosemite National Park, the Ahwahnee. You should go, it is gorgeous! The two are eerily similar, but the Ahwahnee doesn't rearrange itself like the hotel in the film does.

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    1. Wow thank you so much for sharing this! I'm going to Yosemite early next year so will be sure to check it out. How awesome xx

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  9. Wow, how exciting
    Im pretty sure that hotel is haunted! Gosh, i would've loved to visit it
    Your photographs are always too great

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