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|“||Any big hotels have got scandals," he said. "Just like every big hotel has got a ghost. Why? Hell, people come and go. Sometimes one of em will pop off in his room, heart attack or stroke or something like that. Hotels are superstitious places. No thirteenth floor or room thirteen, no mirrors on the back of the door you come in through, stuff like that.||„|
|~ Stephen King's inspiration to create the Overlook Hotel in the novel The Shining|
|“||The world was the Overlook Hotel, where the party never ended. Where the dead were alive forever.||„|
|~ The Official Description of the Overlook Hotel by Stephen King|
The Overlook Hotel is the overarching antagonist of the 1977 Stephen King novel The Shining and its 1980 film adaptation and a posthumous antagonist of the 2013 sequel Doctor Sleep and its 2019 film adaptation. It's a haunted hotel that wants the power of Danny Torrance.
Jack Torrance is hired take care of Overlook for winter with his family. Torrance's pyschic son Danny feels there is something wrong about Overlook. In their first day Danny sees a brain splattered on a wall. When they are staying Overlook begins showing it's dark side to Danny. Overlook tries to kill Danny it self but Danny is too powerful for that. Overlook begins using Danny's troubled father to absorb Danny. It uses ghosts and delusions to control Jack. Jack finally falls prey to Overlook and tries to kill his own family.
Jack injures Wendy Torrance and Dick: a man came there to save Danny. Danny realizes he is the only one that can stop Overlook. He faces his father and calls him out. Jack fights with Overlook and tells Danny he loves him. Later Overlook gains control. But it's too late for Overlook because boiler isn't checked. Boiler explodes and Overlook dies.
Soem years later when Danny is still a young boy, ghost that escaped from Overlook comes to visit him. Dick gives Danny a box and tells him to create one in his own mind. Danny traps the ghosts in his mind.
Years later Danny uses the ghost of Overlook to defeat True Knot.
- While Overlook is still just a building, it's written as a character with wants and purposes. Because it has a purpose it differences from other haunted locations.
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