Children’s Corner at the Overlook Hotel

Children's menu for the Overlook hotel.
(Image courtesy of Shane Parker.)

Sometimes you love a movie so much that it motivates you to create something original. Take Stanley Kubrick’s cinematic adaptation of The Shining, which inspired Shane Parker to conjure up a funny idea that would have made a good prop in a parody of said film, or perhaps as a real item for the hotel that inspired the original Stephen King literary shocker. It’s a children’s placemat that plays up the story and film’s sinister motifs for fun, and it can be found on Parker’s blog Zero Lives and is seen above. It’s spookerific.

I asked Shane a few questions about his creation, its inspiration and his love for horror.

What inspired your menu?
I have always loved The Shining, but after a viewing on Halloween I decided to do something special. Four months later I actually got off my duff and did it. It had started out as just doing the maze like a children’s coloring book, but then my mind kept going and I couldn’t stop thinking of fun activities. I got the idea to do a children’s placemat because I used to love getting them as a kid, attempting to solve the puzzles between bites of my pancakes.

When I think of kid-friendly films,
I naturally think of The Shining.
(Image courtesy of Warner Home Video.)

Have you ever been to the Stanley Hotel, which inspired the Overlook Hotel in the story? Have you been to any other spooky hotels or motels?
I’ve never stayed there; when we were last in Colorado it was closed for remodeling. I’ve always wanted to see the place with my own eyes, I just never want to go to room 217. In Arizona there is a hotel built by Frank Lloyd Wright called the Biltmore. I don’t know why, but in the late ’90s I went there, and the place gave me the creeps.

What’s your favorite part of the film by Stanley Kubrick?
My favorite part has to be the elevator/blood scene. Not so much from a horror standpoint, but the simple cinematography of it can be recalled at will in my cerebral theater. The meeting of the sisters was another great scene. There was so much tension that I cringe even thinking about it.

Are you a horror genre fan in general? Any favorite films?
I love supernatural thrillers more than slashers. Off the top of my head, and in no particular order, I would include 1408, The Others, Poltergeist, The House On Haunted Hill (both versions, a guilty pleasure) and The Exorcist (the first and the latest). Pretty much if it is a slow burn and [has] a strong reliance on the subtle rather than the obvious scare factor then I love it.

If you had to choose between being chased through an outdoor maze by a crazed, axe-wielding Jack Torrance or pursued through a large mausoleum by the deadly silver ball from Phantasm, which would you pick and why?
For survival, I would say the maze, although I’ve always sucked at mazes.

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