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Stanley Kubrick's 1980 film adaption of Stephen King's masterpiece, The Shining, was not filmed on location at the Stanley Hotel in Denver, but the fictional Overlook Hotel did serve as the inspirational backdrop for King to pen one of his all-time best-sellers.

Recently, the actual hotel was subject to its own unsettling disturbance. But the spine-tingling incident didn't involve pale-faced twin girls or a decomposing prostitute prepared to turn another trick.


According to to KDVR - TV, a bear wandered into the lobby of the Stanley Estes Park hotel in Denver, Colorado, early Thursday morning, and it was captured on video.



Because it was a visit in the wee hours of the morning and all 300 guests were asleep in their rooms, no one was hurt. But the potential threat of the unexpected intruder acting out was not lost on the internet despite the bear's placid behavior.



The hotel's vice president Reed Rowley said that the front desk supervisor was the only one present when the wayward wanderer came to check in. Instead of taking precautionary measures to protect himself, the intrepid hotel employee remained behind the desk and filmed the bear.


The bear caused no damage to the lobby. However, he did rearrange some of the furniture around before making its exit.

The Stanley Hotel is a Colonial Revival hotel that opened in 1909. It is located approximately five miles from the entrance to the Rocky Mountain National Park and hosted horror novelist Stephen King and his wife Tabitha on October 30, 1974.

They were the only guests at the time, since they arrived at the hotel before it closed for the season. While they were served dinner in the empty dining room, King recalled the eerie mood in a 1997 interview:

"Except for our table all the chairs were up on the tables."
"So the music is echoing down the hall, and, I mean, it was like God had put me there to hear that and see those things. And by the time I went to bed that night, I had the whole book in my mind."

That moment was the genesis for The Shining.

The bruin checked out of the Stanley Hotel without incident. But what really made him turn around and go out the door? Maybe he saw something the desk clerk didn't.



H/T - DailyPress, Wikipedia, Time, Twitter, KDVR

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