I didn’t know what to make of this new documentary coming out that is all about THE SHINING. It’s called ROOM 237 and when I first heard about it I couldn’t figure out if it was a legit documentary about the film and its impact or if it is some kind of faux drama based on the film and the legendary controversy that has surrounded it for decades.
Truth be told, I still don’t know. Here, read the synopsis I think you’ll understand what I’m talking about:
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.
Regardless, the trailer is a thing of beauty, especially if you’re a fan of the film:
IFC is bringing ROOM 237 to theaters on March 29th.