The Shining is one of those movies I probably couldn’t even guestimate the amount of times I’ve seen it, and each time I saw it, my mind was completely blown. It just never fails to amaze me. I think the elements that make it so mysterious are probably the elements that fueled the making of Room 237, a documentary directed by Rodney Ascher about the making of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. Now the critically acclaimed Room 237 has been picked up by IFC Midnight.
The trailer is exactly what it should be. It is the most perfect homage to the film and a close duplicate of Kubrick’s original theatrical trailer. Enjoy!
Trailer: Room 237 – Documentary
In 1980 Stanley Kubrick released his classic horror film, THE SHINING. Over 30 years later, viewers are still struggling to understand its hidden meanings. Loved and hated by equal numbers, the film is considered a genre standard by many loyalists, while other viewers dismiss it as the lazy result of a legendary director working far below his talent level. In between these two poles, however, live the theories of ardent fans who are convinced they have decoded THE SHINING’s secret messages regarding genocide, government conspiracy, and the nightmare that we call history. Ascher’s ROOM 237 fuses fact and fiction through interviews with the fans and scholars who espouse these theories. Ideas of five devotees of the film with wildly different ideas about its true meaning arebraided together in a kaleidoscopic deconstruction of the horror classic.
Rodney Ascher’s Room 237 is slated to air some time later this year on IFC Midnight.