While Stanely Kubrick’s 1980 film version of The Shining largely stuck two fingers up at Stephen King’s novel, the director did acknowledge the importance of The Stanley Hotel (where King was inspired to write the book), shooting the film there and re-dubbing it “The Overlook Hotel”.
While the real-life hotel is lacking in ghostly twin girls, empty ballrooms and elevators full of blood, it does feature the maze that became essential to both book and film, something which the hotel is in the process of revamping, calling for members of the public to design a "61,500 sq. ft hedge maze inspired by Kubrick’s film".
In a statement on their website the hotel said “The Maze will serve as an homage to the film…and commemorate the 20 year anniversary of the current ownership of the hotel.”
In an ideal world, Jack Nicholson would have to test out each maze, but in reality the competition will be judged by hotel employees and staff from the local Stanley Film Festival.
Entries close 31 January, but try not to work too hard on your idea. All work and no play etc…
Fancy giving it a go?