The Shining

Room 237: The Shining Pop-Up Experience Opening in Chicago

All work and no play can make anyone feel dull, especially in 2020. That’s why Consequence of Sound, Morgan MFG, and The Losers’ Club invite all Chicagoans to Room 237, a new, massive pop-up experience and lounge inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. Starting October 15th, the West Loop hot spot will be transformed into The Overlook Hotel, where guests can take a tour of its haunted rooms, enjoy some themed cocktails in the Gold Room, and, of course, get lost in its giant hedge maze. The immersive experience was co-created by Heaven Malone, who designed the original Gold Room pop-up bar that entertained thousands of guests throughout the Winter of 2018 at Chicago’s The Rookery. This time, he went bigger. “During the shutdown, I was isolated in my apartment with all of these Room 237 p...

Don’t Enter Room 237 Without This Face Mask

You ain’t got no business going outside without protection. After all, you don’t want to leave a trace of yourself behind that could hurt others. That’s why we’ve introduced the new Bellhop 237 mask. The green arches with black and purple designs may look like art deco hotel decor, but don’t overlook the safety features of these sustainable masks. Hand-stitched in the US, all our masks are made from authentic One Planet fabric, which uses recycled plastic bottles to create a smooth, comfortable material. We double layer them and provide a snug fit with adjustable ear loops to guard against light to moderate amounts of fluid, spray, and/or aerosols. What’s more, proceeds go to support Consequence of Sound, an independently owned company, and benefit the MusiCares’ COVID-19 Artist Relief Fun...

Shake Off That Cabin Fever With Our Caretaker T-Shirt and Mask Combo Pack

All work and no play makes anyone a dull boy or girl. Shake off that cabin fever without overlooking the dangers that await you outside. You’ll appreciate it forever, and ever, ever. Folks loved our Caretaker face mask so much that we decided to make the design into a special edition T-shirt. Now, for a limited time, you can get a combo pack featuring both products for one special price. It’s a deal to drive you mad! The Caretaker mask comes from our second capsule of officially branded face coverings, while the Caretaker T-shirt is part of our new line of merch celebrating our list of the 100 Greatest Summer Blockbuster Movies of All Time. Both products feature a distinct red and orange hexagonal pattern, with the shirt available in Stone Gray. The tee is limited to just 50 printings...

The 20 Greatest Summer Blockbuster Movie Trailers

Blockbuster Month is celebrating the true titans of the genre. In the weeks ahead, you’ll read through a variety of features digging deep into the greatest hits of Hollywood, from popcorn classics to underrated gems. Today, we head to the theater early with Editor-in-Chief Michael Roffman to revisit the greatest trailers in summer blockbuster history. Hype begins with the trailer. Sure, there’s the studio announcement, the lobby poster, even the intellectual property itself, but there’s nothing like first seeing those epic few minutes. If you’re lucky, you get some glimpses of the action, a sense of the film’s tone, maybe even pieces of a score, and a tagline that sends shivers up your spine. Yeah, that’s when the magic sets in. Today, we take the trailer for granted. We not only know ther...

Stephen King’s The Shining: The Opera Streaming for Free

All work and no play makes life dull for opera fans, which is why this piece of news should get them singing again. As Bloody Disgusting points out, the Minnesota Opera is streaming an audio recording of its 2016 production of The Shining. At the time, the production sold out its entire two-week run at St. Paul’s Ordway Theater, making this all the more of a sweet treat for fans who never snagged tickets. Granted, it’s only audio, but hey, we take what we can get. Written by Mark Campbell and composer Paul Moravec, The Shining works heavily from King’s novel. However, Bloody Disgusting says the production also “borrowed flourishes from the Stanley Kubrick film adaptation,” writing “the Overlook’s ghostly residents … were represented by a combination of light projections and live performers...

What’s the Scariest Scene in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining?

It’s been 40 years since Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining axed its way into theaters on May 23, 1980. Since then, the Stephen King adaptation has haunted multiple generations, who have all made their way through the Overlook Hotel doors, be it through repertory screenings, video store rentals, Saturday night sleepovers, or simply cable. Today, The Shining is a fixture of pop culture, having spawned countless memes, GIFs, homages, figurines, you name it, it’s been done. And yet, most would agree it’s still one of the most terrifying films of all time — if not the most terrifying. Of course, as with anything, fear is entirely subjective, and what’s scary to one person may be hilarious to another. Editors’ Picks That’s why we polled our staff and contributors to see what they think is the ...

Shake Off That Cabin Fever With This Face Mask

All work and no play makes anyone a dull boy or girl. Shake off that cabin fever without overlooking the dangers that await you outside. You’ll appreciate it forever, and ever, and ever. Available now in packs of two, four, and six, “The Caretaker” is the newest design available as part of a capsule of specialty designed face masks supporting Consequence of Sound, an independently owned company, and MusiCares’ COVID-19 Artist Relief Fund. The mask is reusable and washable, made in the USA from recyclable bottles, and of the highest quality. The MSRP value for a 2-pack is $40.00, but we are offering them at a 25-42% off discount along with free shipping. Order yours below, or head to our newly launched web store to see our full offering of face masks. On a side note, if you’r...

40 Years Later, Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining Is a State of Mind

The Overlook Hotel will never close. It’s been burned down, shuddered up, and even burned down again, but there’s no moving on. The walls, halls, and spooky rooms of the ghoulish institution are as obdurate as the spirits within, and they’ll remain that way forever. Point being, the Overlook Hotel isn’t just a setting in a story or a movie. It’s no longer just a name Stephen King gave to his own vision of The Stanley Hotel. And it’s not just the prismatic hell that Stanley Kubrick dreamed up a few years later. It’s been absorbed by the public consciousness; no different than Jack Torrance at the very end of the 1980 film. Of course, none of this would have happened without said film. Thanks to its labyrinthine qualities and MoMa-ready aesthetics, Kubrick’s chilling masterpiece has spawned ...