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The Overlook Hotel of The Shining isn't exactly a real place, but it looms large enough in our cultural imaginations that we're probably more afraid of it than most places that actually exist. And the hotel that stood in for the Overlook-- Estes Park, Colorado's Stanley Hotel-- is ready to take advantage of it. This year will be the inaugural year for the Stanley FIlm Festival, a four-day event set at the "historic and haunted" hotel that will feature screenings of new features and short films, special events, Q&As, and of course, a horror brunch.
Among the films will be some major recent festival hits, all of them with a horror bent. Ben Wheatley's psychotic road trip comedy Sightseers, Eli Roth's bloody earthquake drama Aftershock, and the horror anthology V/H/S/2 are among the highlights, but the biggest stroke of genius has to be bringing in Room 237, Rodney Ascher's acclaimed and fiercely entertaining documentary that captures some of the most bizarre theories about the real meaning behind-- what else?-- The Shining.
The fest will also feature a presentation of All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, director Jonathan Levine's debut feature that was mired in corporate shenanigans for years while Levine went on to make The Wackness, 50/50 and recent surprise hit Warm Bodies. Mandy Lane is now finally set for a late summer release in theaters and on VOD, but if you're anywhere near Estes Park, obviously the place to see it is the Overlook-- I mean, the Stanley.
The festival's official site has plenty more details, including how to attend that "Horror Brunch And Bloody (Mary) Awards Ceremony." The festival kicks off on May 2. You know how to get there, of course-- follow the winding road to the top of the hill.