Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Creepy by association 4: Hotels
Here's the thing. We all know hotels and motels are frightening. Alfred Hitchcock knew it and exploited it in "Psycho." You don't know who is on the other side of the wall. You don't know who slept in the bed or used the toilet before you. You don't know anything about the staff and you just hope they are trustworthy and won't steal your stuff.
Personally, if I'm staying in a hotel/motel for more than one night, I put the "do not disturb" sign on the door and no one gets in until I'm gone. I've never had someone peep on me in the shower (that I know of) and I've never had anything stolen from my room. I'm just paranoid as hell.
Perhaps you are planning a summer trip soon. You'll stay in some unfamiliar place, surrounded by strangers. You'll have a good time and nary a dark thought will breeze through your brain.
Creepy accommodations run the gamut from the rundown Bates Motel to the upper class digs in "1408." In between is the Overlook Hotel, the true star of Stephen King's "The Shining."
If you are planning a trip, do a search on the places you plan to stay. If the news reports are clear, book that vacation. If you find something a bit weird, beware. As the Eagles famously sang in "Hotel California," you can check out any time you like, but you can never leave.