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Room 237 (2012)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 26 October 2012 (UK)
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An exploration of various interpretations of Stanley Kubrick's horror film, The Shining (1980).


Rodney Ascher
2 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »





Complete credited cast:
Bill Blakemore Bill Blakemore ... Himself
Geoffrey Cocks Geoffrey Cocks ... Himself
Juli Kearns Juli Kearns ... Herself
John Fell Ryan John Fell Ryan ... Himself
Jay Weidner Jay Weidner ... Himself
Stephen Brophy Stephen Brophy ... Cast
Ash Brophy Ash Brophy ... Csst
Buddy Black Buddy Black ... Cast
Buffy Visick Buffy Visick ... Cast
Sam Walton Sam Walton ... Cast (as Samuel Walton)


A subjective documentary that explores the numerous theories about the hidden meanings within Stanley Kubrick's film The Shining (1980). The film may be over 30 years old but it continues to inspire debate, speculation, and mystery. Five very different points of view are illuminated through voice over, film clips, animation and dramatic reenactments. Together they'll draw the audience into a new maze, one with endless detours and dead ends, many ways in, but no way out. Written by Anonymous

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Some movies stay with you forever...and ever...and ever.




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Release Date:

26 October 2012 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A 237-es szoba See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,693, 31 March 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$259,765, 12 May 2013
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Production Co:

Highland Park Classics See more »
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Did You Know?


The film posits 9 different theories about the meaning of Stanley Kubrick's classic horror The Shining (1980). See more »


Bill Blakemore mistakenly attributes a literary quotation. "History is a nightmare from which I'm trying to awake" is from James Joyce's Ulysses, not from anything by T. S. Eliot. See more »

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Features Dreamscape (1984) See more »


Intro and Dies
Composed and Performed by Wendy Carlos (BMI)
Atriculations by Rachel Elkind
by Arrangement with Serendip LLC
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Fascinating, intriguing, but probably mostly fantasy.
5 June 2015 | by Finfrosk86See all my reviews

I love Stephen King, alright? I love his stories. I love The Shining. Both the book and the movie. And I found this documentary on The Shining (movie) really fascinating. Well, the theories are fascinating, the movie is good. You know what I mean! and I'm sure you know what it's about, it's several different theories on hidden meanings in The Shining.

Some of it is fascinating as hell, some of it is a little out there, and some a lot of it just has to be coincidence. Personally I don't think Kubrick was that much of a genius, which he had to be if all the theories in this documentary are to be true. I won't spoil what they are, but if you like the movie The Shining, you definitely are going to find this entertaining and fun to watch.

I do think there might be something in some of these theories, but not nearly as much as it seems. You can always find lots of hidden meanings in almost anything. And there are cases where authors or writers or directors have said that hidden meanings people have found in their works, are purely coincidental.

Anyhow, this is clearly worth a watch.

(Now, ratings, as in the number from 1 to 10, doesn't matter that much, but I'll still mention that I am a little torn, it is either a 7 or 8)

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