the shining, wes anderson style

Stanley Kubrick’s 80s psych-horror gets a super camp confection of a remake, spliced with Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel.

by Charlotte Gush
01 June 2015, 11:03am

What would it look like if, rather than arriving at the isolated and off-season Overlook Hotel, The Shining's Jack Torrance had rocked up to the symmetrical, pastel-coloured confection that is Wes Anderson's Grand Budapest Hotel? An unlikely question, to which we now know the answer, thanks to a very successful mash-up by London-based filmmaker Steve Ramsden, who noticed the similar ways the two directors framed their shots.

The dark, slow-building anxiety of Stanley Kubrick's sparse 1980 psychological horror film The Shining has been re-paced with the addition of perfectly matched scenes from Wes Anderson's swift-moving, late 60s alpine murder mystery, The Grand Budapest Hotel. Monsieur Gustave H., the matter-of-fact concierge from the Grand Budapest, explains to his protege that, "our guests know their deepest secrets - some of which are frankly rather unseemly - will go with us to our graves," before the film cuts to chilling scenes at the supposedly empty Overlook Hotel, including the strange and terrifying contents of room 237.