I have always been a fan of weird connections, and this one combines several things I already like:  The Shining, the movie made by Stanley Kubrick after the Stephen King novel; the Timberline Lodge, at the base of Mt. Hood, near Portland, Oregon; and the early 1960s TV classic The Twilight Zone.  Let’s begin, shall we?

The Shining

The Shining - Overlook Lodge

In the movie The Shining, Jack Torrance, played by Jack Nicholson, and his wife and son drive up to The Overlook Lodge for a peaceful winter rest.  In real life, the Overlook Lodge is actually…

The Timberline Lodge

Timberline Lodge

Exterior shots for The Shining were filmed at the real-life Timberline Lodge, Mt. Hood, Oregon.

The Timberline Lodge was used as a filming location for a movie released in 1982 called

World War III


World War III, starring Rock Hudson, David Soul, Brian Keith, and Cathy Lee Crosby, was initially directed by veteran director Boris Sagal…

Boris Sagal

Boris Sagal

We say that World War III was initially directed by Boris Sagal because directorship was later taken over by another director.  That’s because Sagal died in a tragic…

Helicopter Crash

Timberline Lodge Parking Lot

…helicopter crash.  In 1981, while filming World War III, Boris Sagal was killed in a helicopter accident in the parking lot of the Timberline Lodge.  He accidentally walked into the helicopter’s rear rotor.  As a side note, Boris Sagal was the father of…

Katey Sagal

Katey Sagal

…the ever-lovely Katey Sagal, who unfortunately is known in most people’s minds as starring in Married…With Children, but is a hugely accomplished actress.  Her father, Boris Sagal, got his start directing…

Combat! and Vic Morrow


…the TV show Combat! which starred actor Vic Morrow.  In 1983, Vic Morrow starred in…

The Twilight Zone Movie

Twilight Zone Helicopter Crash

…the ill-fated Twilight Zone Movie, in which he was killed in a helicopter crash, along with two child actors.

Sagal had been a busy TV director, too, directly such classics as…

Vic Morrow Grave

The Twilight Zone (1961)


The Twilight Zone.  Yes, Boris Sagal, some twenty years earlier, had directed a (real, Rod Serling-era) Twilight Zone episode called…

“The Arrival”

The Arrival Directed by Boris Sagal

“The Arrival.”  Aired in 1961, this was a genuinely creepy story about a plane lands at an airport without pilots, passengers or luggage.

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