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Hilarious Oscar ad pays homage to Stanley Kubrick's The Shining

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Mar 4, 2018

Stephen King is the master of making you scream in terror, but you shouldn't be scared all the time. Sometimes, you need to laugh, even if the thing making you laugh is based on the horrifying works of Mr. King.

During this year's Oscars, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences promoted its own museum by airing a phoney ad for the Overlook Hotel, the setting of King's novel The Shining, which told the story of a haunted resort. The book was famously made into a movie in 1980 by the late great director Stanley Kubrick (2001: A Space Odyssey). It starred Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall.  

In the following commercial, a smooth-voiced narrator asks you to visit the Overlook, which has just been renovated. "Our staff is hard at work to make you feel welcome," says the at ease narrator as a janitor scrubs "Red Rum" off a door and an irked manager marks down in a notepad that one of the bathroom doors has been smashed in with an axe. This was done by Nicholson's character Jack Torrance in the iconic "HEEEEERE's JOHNNY!" scene in the film. 

Then there's the cleaning lady collecting the blue dresses of those creepy twin girls who terrorize young Danny (Danny Lloyd) to be laundered. The next shot shows her sponging up the blood by the elevators. 

"Come stay with us," says Mr. Narrator at the end. "Forever and ever." 

It's all hilariously done and a perfectly fun homage to Kubrick's classic work. Don't be left out in the cold, watch it now!

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The Academy Museum will open next year in Los Angeles, California. According to website, "the Museum will be simultaneously immersive, experimental, educational, and entertaining. More than a museum, this dynamic film center will offer unparalleled experiences and insights into movies, and moviemaking."

Its extensive collection of props will even include that bear mask from The Shining. You know what scene we're talking about....