When it comes to classic horror films, few tend to garner more – or even as much – fan reverence as The Shining, genius director Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 adaptation of the celebrated Stephen King novel.
While Kubrick’s take on The Shining diverged from the source material in many ways, the essence of the tale remained, with struggling writer Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson, in a legendary performance) being driven to murder and madness by the malevolent supernatural forces occupying the snowbound Overlook Hotel.
King has famously never been pleased with Kubrick’s version of The Shining, even going so far as to create a TV miniseries adaptation for ABC in 1997, starring Steven Weber as Jack. While we here at iHorror tend to love Stephen King like a father, it’s safe to say that most of us vastly prefer Kubrick’s screen rendition.
For those horror fans who’ve always dreamed of being able to take a tour of The Overlook, but needlessly been hampered by the fact that it isn’t a real place – outside of King’s inspiration, the Stanley Hotel – it looks like Universal Studios Orlando might be about to offer the next best thing.
According to the website HHN Unofficial, The Shining is likely to be become one of the featured haunted house attractions at this year’s Halloween Horror Nights event at Universal Studios Orlando.
While Universal has yet to officially announce anything on the matter, the site was able to obtain the following screenshot of an email the company is purportedly sending around to travel agents:
If the above report is true – and while Universal has yet to confirm the story, they’ve also yet to publicly deny it – fans would finally get to experience all the classic scares of The Shining in true, three-dimensional life. For horror fans, the result would likely be something approaching nirvana.
Adding a sense of legitimacy to the report is that HHN has a history of working with Warner Bros. to license properties for the annual event, having just hosted an attraction based on The Exorcist last year, and having featured more than one haunted house related to the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise.
Stay tuned to iHorror for any further developments, and/or an official announcement from Universal.