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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).

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

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Complete credited cast:
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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Documentary

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

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In one of the trailers, a card is shown: "Neither this film, nor any view or opinion expressed in it, nor the context in which film footage and images are used, is approved or endorsed by, or is in any way associated with, the Kubrick 1981 Trust, Stanely Kubrick's family, Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., or anyone else connected with the making of the motion picture The Shining ('The Shining Filmmakers'). The views and opinions expressed in this documentary film are solely those of the commentators in it and do not reflect the views of Stanley Kubrick or The Shining Filmmakers." Stanley Kubrick's name is misspelled in the first sentence (assuming it is not deliberate). See more »

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References Four Flies on Grey Velvet (1971) See more »

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Recollected Memories from the Museum of Garden History
Composed and Performed by The Caretaker
By Arrangement with History Always Favours the Winners
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Horror Trunk Review: Shining Mining
1 April 2013 | by BonhamktSee all my reviews

The theories presented range from a confession of filming the 'faked' moon landing, hidden analogies representing World War II and even the genocide of the American Indians. These messages are seen in various sources, from the posters /paintings on walls, the numbers used in the film, the props in each scene to the broken continuity between shots. We never see the interviewees, preventing us from identifying or personalising these stories, instead the focus is on the footage and the alleged proofs.

Although some interesting points are made it is hard to take every connection seriously. It is possible to see these embedded messages especially if you are connecting them to recent historical influences, but historical context can be read in all movies if you are looking for it.

The most interesting part of this film is the way in which people interact, relate, and interpret, as they make connections through the placement of objects, colours and settings. If I had watched The Shining over 50 times, would I too create 'hidden' meanings and discover underlying messages? We know Kubrick was a creative master in the field, but could exploring The Shining in such detail ruin the very mystery he was striving to achieve?

Over 30 years later Kubrick and they are still searching...job done.

www.horrortrunk.com


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Official Sites:

Film Sales Corp | Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 October 2012 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Room 237 See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,693, 31 March 2013

Gross USA:

$296,359

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$367,406
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