By Nick Schager, Yahoo Movies
There are few horror movie locales more famous than — or as chilling/thrilling to visit as — The Timberline Lodge, located in Government Camp, Oregon, on Mount Hood. The building was used by Stanley Kubrick for exterior shots of The Overlook Hotel in his 1980 Stephen King adaptation, The Shining, and thus seems a natural choice to play host to its own film festival featuring new and classic horror favorites, and that’s just what it’ll do next spring.
The Overlook Film Festival will run from April 27-30, spearheaded by festival co-directors Michael Lerman and Landon Zakheim, who previously ran the Stanley Film Festival at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado, which was the inspiration for King’s novel. According to the festival’s web site, the goal will be to present “superior film programming with an expanded focus on experiential events” and showcase “exciting new work in new and classic independent horror cinema alongside the latest in interactive and live shows for a fully immersive weekend.”
With a board of advisors that includes Elijah Wood, Joe Dante (Gremlins), Larry Fessenden (Wendigo), Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator), Leigh Whannell (Saw), Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas founder and CEO Tim League, and Mick Garris (who shot his 1997 TV movie version of The Shining at the Timberline), the festival has the support of numerous horror luminaries. Aside from its big-screen offerings, it will feature a live radio play of “Tales From Beyond the Pale,” as well as a weekend-long real-time mystery-themed Immersive Game.
While the Timberline doesn’t boast a hedge maze — an attraction that was recently added to the Stanley Hotel — it does embrace its The Shining heritage with a shop full of collectibles. Bring your own typewriter, if you dare.
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