An exploration of various interpretations of Stanley Kubrick's horror film, The Shining (1980).

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Rodney Ascher
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Bill Blakemore Bill Blakemore ... Self
Geoffrey Cocks Geoffrey Cocks ... Self
Juli Kearns Juli Kearns ... Self
John Fell Ryan John Fell Ryan ... Self
Jay Weidner Jay Weidner ... Self
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)
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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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Leon Vitali, former assistant to Stanley Kubrick, dismissed the theories in this film as "gibberish," saying they are entirely without merit. See more »

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One of the theorists claims that Room 237 is a reference to the mean distance from the Moon to the Earth: 237,000 miles. However, the actual distance is 238,856 miles. See more »

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Referenced in Nostalgia Critic: Top 11 Stephen King Movies (2018) See more »

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We Cannot Escape the Past from the album 'A Stairway to the Stars'
Composed and Performed by The Caretaker
By Arrangement with History Always Favours the Winners
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A Documentary for Deniers
20 February 2013 | by jtrascap-1See all my reviews

Just got done watching it. My initial reaction: "Wow. These people are nuts."

Don't get me wrong - this is a fun watch as long as you don't take any of it too seriously. I know the film pretty well, but these "analysts" go out of their way to ignore the obvious in order to drive on to their wacky conclusions.

Thanks to the infinite paranoia pool that we call the Internet, the mythology about The Shining is outstripping the history of the film itself. This is less about the movie but more about people who look for conspiracies in every corner. Faked moon landings? Set geometry? Minotaurs? Absurd, sure, but how different are they from those people that deny birth certificates or imagine black UN helicopters or, most recently, those who say Sandy Hook was faked. These Deniers create their own logic, disallow any reality that doesn't fit and then warp the facts to fit their conclusions. I think this film really does a great job showing these people for what they are - delusional and and self-obsessed.

We can let them be entertaining, but we can never take any of what they say seriously.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 October 2012 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Room 237 See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$29,693, 31 March 2013

Gross USA:

$296,359

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$367,406
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