The Shining is admittedly one of the most terrifying movies of all time. I’ve never read the Stephen King novel, and I know that I will one day; but I’ve seen the Stanley Kubrick directed film many, many times. It’s a movie that grows with each viewing, not only in it’s appeal; but in also the way that I view it and think about what happens. Is Jack Torance actually crazy the whole time? Was it all just inside someones head?
Room 237 explores the film and the novel and the meanings behind both. The trailer doesn’t do much to sell the film, since it’s mostly just a play on the original trailer for The Shining; but I still am really excited to check out this documentary. Check out the footage below!
Here’s the official synopsis for Room 237:
After the box office failure of Barry Lyndon, Stanley Kubrick decided to embark on a project that might have more commercial appeal. The Shining, Stephen King’s biggest critical and commercial success yet, seemed like a perfect vehicle. After an arduous production, Kubrick’s film received a wide release in the summer of 1980; the reviews were mixed, but the box office, after a slow start, eventually picked up. End of story? Hardly. In the 30 years since the film’s release, a considerable cult of Shining devotees has emerged, fans who claim to have decoded the film’s secret messages addressing everything from the genocide of Native Americans to a range of government conspiracies. Rodney Ascher’s wry and provocative Room 237 fuses fact and fiction through interviews with cultists and scholars, creating a kaleidoscopic deconstruction of Kubrick’s still-controversial classic.
Room 237 hits theaters and VOD on March 29th. It is being put out by IFC Midnight.