Most moviegoers silently or audibly urge the doomed protagonists and femme fatales in fright films to escape the horror headed their way in a haunted hotel or doomed domicile. If needed, the viewers temper the terror by reminding themselves “it’s only a movie.”
But according to Booking.com, the settings below are real and film fans can purposely put themselves in imaginary horrors’ way by visiting these infamous spooky sites:
The Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, Colorado.
Successful suspense writer Stephen King came as a guest and left with the idea for a novel: “The Shining, which he penned in 1977. The Stanley was inspiration for the “Overlook Hotel,” in which the macabre story was set in both the bestseller and the subsequent 1980 film. A miniseries was also produced in 1997. Guests of The Stanley today are given tours featuring the history of the hotel including tales of paranormal activity.
Timberline Lodge, Timberline, Oregon.
The lodge was used for the exterior shots of the 1980 film “The Shining,” based on Stephen King’s disturbing book of ghosts, madness and murder. There is nothing disturbing about the luxurious lodge’s quiet location deep in the Mt. Hood National Forest, though.
Ettington Park Hotel, Alderminster, United Kingdom
The classic 1963 horror film “The Haunting” was shot here in what, with its’ 18th-century gothic mansion look, is a location directors dream for a nightmarish setting! While in the film only two women were invited to “Hill House” (by a scientist conducting paranormal research), many guests now enjoy the luxurious rooms and the 40-acres of lush parkland surrounding the manor.
The Headland Hotel and Spa, Cornwall, United Kingdon
Roald Dahl, who gave the world “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” also wrote “The Witches,” which, like his “Willie Wonka” movie, was turned into a big screen film. The 1990 production starred Anjelica Huston, who also starred in the creepy comedy “The Addams Family.) The Headland Hotel, a stylish Victorian property, was used as the setting for “The Witches” and has a bewitching sea-view setting, spa, surf school and golf course.
Salish Lodge and Spa, Snoqualmie, Washington
The opening sequence of the murder mystery show “Twin Peaks” featured a shot of Salish Lodge (then known as the Great Northern Hotel), which also serves as a prominent setting in the story and series since FBI agent Dale Cooper lived in the hotel.
Situated at the top of the 250-foot Snoqualmie Falls with views of the surrounding Pacific Northwest terrain, guests likely view the real mountains instead of television’s twin peaks.
A Cowboy’s Dream Bed and Breakfast, Alamo, Nevada
Aliens haunt the dreams of some, and the prospects of beings from outer space are a constant source of material for Hollywood movies and television shows, dating back to Orson Welles’ radio hoax “War of the Worlds” and TV’s “My Favorite Martian.” Stephen Spielberg made aliens friendly and harmless with his films “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” and “E.T.,” but the extra-terrestrials were menacing in “Independence Day,” as they were in the old “Twilight Zone” television episode: “To Serve Man.”
A Cowboy’s Dream may provoke nightmares given its dark sky proximity to Area 51, the top-secret military base in the desert where people nearby have claimed to have seen strange lights and UFOs. The mansion resort is 15-minutes from the Alien Research Center and Extra-terrestrial Highway.
Source: Forbes.com Photos: Booking.com