Take a 360-degree virtual reality tour of The Shining’s Overlook Hotel

Here's Johnny!

The Shining Jack Nicholson
Here's Johnny Jack Nicholson in Stanley Kubrick's The Shining. Image Picture Warner Bros

Stanley Kubrick’s legendary horror movie The Shining might be more than 35 years old, but fans are still finding ingenious new ways to bring the Overlook Hotel to life.

The latest experiment comes from Claire Hentschker and her Shining360 project. The digital artist has extracted images and 3D elements from the 1980 classic and stitched them together to create a 360-degree virtual reality tour of the hotel that sent Jack Nicholson crazy.

The 30-minute video takes viewers through the grounds of the hotel and inside all its terrifying nooks and crannies. Tilting your mobile phone, tablet or dragging a mouse across the screen spins the scenery around to enhance the experience.

Now imagine how cool this would be wearing a VR headset?

Despite its place as a sacred horror flick, Hollywood bigwigs are actually planning to make a sequel to The Shining.

Stephen King’s own follow-up, Doctor Sleep, will reportedly be turned into a feature film by Akiva Goldsman (who also happens to be behind King’s Dark Tower movie).

Doctor Sleep takes place several years after Jack Torrance’s rampage through the Overlook Hotel. Torrance’s son Danny is now middle-aged and dealing with anger and alcoholism issues.

When his psychic powers re-awaken, he establishes a link with 12-year-old Abra Stone to try to vanquish a paranormal tribe led by a woman called Rose the Hat.

Can it ever measure up to the original, though?

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Loaded digital media manager Simon Reynolds has written about film and entertainment for various leading websites since 2008. Follow Simon at @simonreyn

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