While the Overlook Hotel from Stephen King’s novel The Shining and Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 film adaption is thankfully fictional, the haunted establishment was inspired by a real place. King based the Overlook on the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado, though it’s actually the exterior of the Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood, Oregon that you see in Kubrick’s film. Unlike the Overlook, the Stanley isn’t built on an Indian burial ground or haunted by creepy twin girl ghosts, but it was recently visited by an unwanted guest who caused quite a scare.
As reported by Denver’s 9News (via Nerdist), a black bear wandered into the Stanley Hotel lobby on the night of August 22. Since the hotel is located just a few miles away from Rocky Mountain National Park, wildlife is quite common in the area, but this is the first time a bear has ever found its way inside.
The video above, which was recorded by a staff member hiding behind the front desk, shows the bear casually climbing on some furniture before sauntering off. Fortunately, no guests were in the lobby at the time and the bear eventually wandered out without incident. Still, we can’t decide which is more terrifying: a real life black bear invading the hotel that inspired The Shining or a certain man in a bear costume …
Definitely the latter.