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The Shining goes from frightening to charming in mashup with The Grand Budapest Hotel

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Martin Scali

The Grand Budapest Hotel is one of the most charming movies of 2014, thanks to Wes Anderson’s signature charm and aesthetic. Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining is… well, “charming” may not be the first word that comes to mind. But the horror film that still continues to haunt your dreams becomes much more approachable when combined with Anderson’s whimsy.

YouTuber Steve Ramsden put together The Overlook Hotel, a mashup featuring the music and voiceover of Budapest Hotel with the premise of Jack Torrance and his family staying in the hotel managed by Ralph Fiennes’ Monsieur Gustave H.

Ramsden said he made the video after noticing that both Anderson and Kubrick framed their shots similarly. Whether the comparisons extend beyond there, the parody video at the very least makes the case that both the Overlook and the Grand Budapest are strangely suited for murder. 

Martin Scali