Phil And Laura Countdown Top Haunted Hotels
by Phil McIlrath, KDLT News
October 29, 2013 7:34 AM
How often have you gone to a hotel, or resort and sworn it was inhabited by the living impaired?
Tuesday Morning Phil and Laura took us across the globe for some of the most 'spiritually active" areas to visit if you're a thrill seeker for all things undead.
First up, Jack Nicholson fans will recognize this mountain retreat as the "Overlook Hotel" from the exterior scenes of "The Shining."
Beyond its film credits, the hotel boasts a rich history dating back to the American Frontier and is even recognized as a National Historic Landmark.
Fun fact: Although Timberline Lodge set the scene for "The Shining," Stephen King was first inspired to write the thrilling novel after staying in room 217 of the in Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado.
Second, near the tiny town of Burkittsville, travelers can be on the lookout for mysterious nocturnal madness at this 6,300-acre park where independent film makers shot several scenes of "The Blair Witch Project."
During the daytime travelers to the park can enjoy less alarming activities including fishing, hiking, and mountain biking.
Third, in the historic Georgetown neighborhood, brave travelers can follow in the footsteps of "Exorcist" filmmakers by visiting the site of Father Karras' climatic on-screen death.
The "M Street stairs are the "famous stairs" from the film. The area also offers travelers a chance to take a break from the horror, boasting plenty of charming shops and eateries.
Fourth, along the Thames River, film fans can visit Bishop's park made famous by the Omen.
This is the location of the scene where Father Brennan warns Mr. Thorn that his newly adopted child is demonic, before making his way to the nearby All Saints Church where a fallen lightning rod ends his attempt to save the family.
In real life, the trees are a little less menacing, don't you think?
Fifth, regarded as one of Hitchcock's more renowned films, travelers who hold "Vertigo" in high praise can visit this Spanish mission where retired police office Scottie Ferguson watches the woman he loved fall from the bell tower.
Built in 1797, the historic grounds also boast lush gardens, a well-preserved chapel, and museum.
And finally, featured in a handful of horror films, this Victorian Gothic mansion in Windsor, England is best remembered as The "Frankenstein Place" in "The Rocky Horror Picture Show."
Now a luxury hotel, fans of the cult classic experience the "Time Warp" in one of 118 elegantly appointed rooms.