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‘The Shining’ Gingerbread Overlook Hotel Is Straight From Our Nightmares

Run, run, as fast as you can

Shining Hotel

Time to pick up a gingerbread axe and some gingerbread keys to check back into the gingerbread Overlook Hotel. Inside, you’re sure to find a gingerbread Jack Torrance stalking the halls as you head up to gingerbread Room 237. If you’re bored of generic gingerbread houses this Christmas, why not recreate The Shining…in gingerbread form?

While Christmas is the most magical time of the year, horror fans are undoubtedly looking for a way to spook up the snowy season. Anyone who’s ever built a gingerbread house will know it isn’t as easy as it looks, which makes constructing a whole gingerbread Overlook quite the feat.

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This one goes back a few years, but with Mike Flanagan’s Doctor Sleep giving us a long-awaited sequel to The Shining, there’s no better time to relight the boiler at the Overlook. Posting on Imgur, user agkeeling shows off their faithful reconstruction of Stephen King’s haunted abode.

More than just a hollow shell of the Overlook, the chilling creator confirms there are five internal rooms that depict some of the most iconic scenes from Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 movie. As well as the creepy twins in the hallway, there’s the rotting spectre in Room 237, a ghost-filled ballroom that’s three-stories high, one scene of blood spilling from the elevator, and (obviously) Jack and Wendy’s infamous bathroom scene.

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Finally, what trip to the Overlook would be complete without a run through the hotel’s cavernous hedge maze? Try not to get lost in agkeeling’s Rice Krispie treat version — topped with powdered sugar for a snow effect. Look close enough and you might find a frozen Jack Torrance in his final resting place.


Agkeeling’s description explains, “Walls are covered with fondant and icing, roof is covered with quinoa and powdered sugar, windows are made of melted jolly ranchers.” There’s literally no detail spared here. I mean come on, making a river of blood with melted Jolly Ranchers is quite something.

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Speaking to Bored Panda, creator Aaron Keeling explained, “My family have been making gingerbread houses for as long as I can remember.”

He continued, “But until about 10 years ago they were always very modest, tame, and traditional. Then one year we made a ski chalet with a working ski lift and ever since then we’ve been trying to outdo ourselves each year.”

Speaking about his homage to The Shining, Kelling added, “We’ve made a working carousel, and a working windmill, and a working ferris wheel, as well as gingerbread scenes with running Kool-Aid streams.

“The past few years we’ve decided to focus less on moving parts and more on interior scenes, and we’ve also been leaning into recreating iconic horror films. It’s been a blast!”

Aaron reveals that it’s a family affair and they usually leave the creation to stand for a few month until it starts to fall apart. They then take great pleasure in smashing it to pieces with a baseball bat or an axe. The Keeling creations have continued over the years, with 2016’s offering being a fitting tribute to Bates Motel.

It’s clearly a labour of love, but with weeks of planning and around a week of solid construction, this isn’t a venture for the faint-hearted.

Only recently, Aaron recently unveiled a Halloween gingerbread creation. He created a haunted house — complete with interior rooms like Dracula’s lair and Frankenstein’s lab. All we can say is, keep up the good work. Who doesn’t love a good gingerbread massacre?

[Featured Image: Imgur Aaron Keeling/Warner Bros.


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