Now that Netflix’s The Haunting of Bly Manor has been out for over a week, giving many the chance to watch most or all of the 9-episode series, let’s quickly go back to the first episode, “A Great Good Place.” , and take a look at the amusing Stephen King / Shining nodding that flashes pretty quickly.Of course, that fits perfectly with the fact that director Mike Flanagan would throw a reference to King, and a Shining to that, considering of how he adapted the novels of King Gerald’s Game and Doctor Sleep – the latter being a sequel to King’s The Shining book and Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, which contains some of the most iconic horror film images in all time. At the start of Bly Manor, Victoria Pedretti’s Dani, soon to be moving to Bly Manor, is staying in a London hostel – in room 217. Best known to fans of the King as the room with the wick ante old naked woman ghost in the bathtub in The Shining. This ghost, and the tub as well, actually make a comeback in Doctor Sleep.Of course, in Kubrick’s movie, which has a ton of changes to the original King material, the play that haunts both Jack and Danny Torrance is Room 237. But in the book, it’s room 217. Here is Dani coming back to her room …
Here is a bit of history on the reason for the change of room number. The hotel, which replaced The Shining’s “Overlook” exterior in The Timberland Lodge, has posted the following detail on its website:
Kubrick was asked not to portray Room 217 (featured in the book) in The Shining, as future Lodge guests might be afraid to stay there. A non-existent room, room 237, was therefore replaced in the film. Oddly, and somewhat ironically, room 217 is requested more often than any other room in the Timberline.
Naturally, Flanagan used the original room number from the book for this fun little hat tip.
But that’s not the only detail lurking behind The Haunting of Bly Manor. We’ve timed over 50 ghosts hiding in the shadows of the series – check them out!
Netflix’s The Haunting of Bly Manor: All Hidden Ghosts Revealed
Also, if you’ve completed the series and want a preview and explanation of the ending, head here.
You can also read our full Bly Manor review. Matt Fowler is a writer for the IGN and a member of the Television Critics Association. Follow him on Twitter at @TheMattFowler and Facebook at Facebook.com/MattBFowler.
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