'Room 237' Goes to IFC Midnight; Doc Investigates Theories on Kubrick's 'The Shining'

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by Sophia Savage
April 23, 2012 2:49 PM
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IFC Midnight has picked up Rodney Ascher's documentary, "Room 237," for North American distribution.

The film, which premiered at Sundance, is about theories and controversies surrounding Stanley Kubrick's film "The Shining," based on Stephen King's novel. Ascher says: "I'm thrilled that this movie is going to be able to reach a wide audience," adding that he is "very comforted to discover that we're not alone in finding these ideas endlessly fascinating.”

More on the film below, along with the full poster and the trailer for the 1980 Kubrick film:


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.


 

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