‘Room 237’ Documentary Examines Kubrick’s ‘The Shining’
Conspiracy theorist documentaries are generally eyerolling — cough 2016: Obama’s America cough — but this one looks actually pretty cool. Room 237 is an unofficial documentary that attempts to make sense of hidden messages and meaning in Stanley Kubrick’s iconic film, The Shining.
The doc examines the theories of five Shining devotees who believe Kubrick’s 1980 film based on the Stephen King novel was encrypted with statements "secret messages regarding genocide, government conspiracy, and the nightmare that we call history."
Room 237 debuted at both Sundance and Cannes earlier this year and just this week wrapped up screenings in New York City at the New York Film Festival in Lincoln Center. It’s presently screening at the BFI London Film Festival. As it has been picked up by IFC Films, hopefully it will get a theater run.
For horror fans and documentary fans alike, the doc seems like it will be a thinkpiece-y look at a film many of us just write off as as scary movie. Here’s a brief trailer below: