Stanley Kubrick's classic 1980 adaptation of Stephen King's novel The Shining remains one of the most frightening and yet cryptic horror movies ever made. So it's about time someone got around to making a documentary about it.
Room 237, however, is not your average documentary; instead of a look back at the making of the picture or that sort of thing, director Rodney Ascher has instead assembled an incredible and often bizarre assortment of theories—laid out in voiceover as scenes from the film and other Kubrick movies play underneath—about the meaning, subtext and symbolism that a lot of people apparently find in Kubrick's horror masterpiece.
Did you know, for example, that The Shining is actually about the genocide of Native Americans? Or the fact that Jack Nicholson's character writes on a German typewriter is a clue that the movie is really an exploration of the Holocaust? Nope, never occurred to us either.
Those are just a few of the readings of the film proposed in this little curiosity, which the Hollywood Reporter called "nutty, arcane and jaw-dropping in equal measure" when it premiered at the Sundance festival earlier this year.
There's no word yet on a release date, but a trailer is available below. Even though it doesn't show much, it's certainly piqued our interest. In the meantime, we'll try and figure out if Kubrick really did stage the Apollo moon landing—yes, that comes up in Room 237 too ...