It’s the little things, man. You watch a movie more than once, you start to pick up on the little things. For example, the Gold Room in the Overlook Hotel, where Jack gets served phantom liquor by the phantom bartender. If you look carefully at the sign outside the door, the one that reads “Gold Room”, it looks very much like it could be saying “Cold Room”, which would be most apropos, considering the movie’s frigid finale. Is this just a case of me reading more into it than was intended? I think not. There are no coincidences in a Stanley Kubrick movie. Everything is intentional. I’m certain that sign was no exception.
The real star of this story is the Overlook itself. Not only is the Overlook alive, and sentient, it’s also something of a vampire. It feeds on blood, just not literally. It leads susceptible minds down paths of violence, and the souls of those who die there as the result of that violence never leave. It’s like they are the foodstuff of the Overlook. It is both the spider and the web. As film historian Ben Mankiewicz said in the addendum to the movie seen in the Fathom events rerelease, the Overlook doesn’t exist in our mundane world; it is the result of movie magic. In our world, there are actually three Overlook Hotels: the Timberline Lodge in Oregon served for the exterior shots of the film; the interiors were constructed on a soundstage, based on the interior of the Ahwahnee Hotel in California; and of course the Stanley Hotel in Colorado served as the inspiration for Stephen King when he wrote the novel. The television miniseries THE SHINING was filmed at the Stanley, and in 2015 the hotel installed a hedge maze, like the Overlook Hotel in the movie.