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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
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Cast

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)
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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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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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Director Rodney Ascher has gone on record saying that he does not personally believe many of the theories espoused by narrators in this film. In an interview with Complex magazine, he said, "my personal take on it is, for one, I don't think it's nearly as visionary as any one of these folks have found. I just see it as sort of a story about juggling the responsibilities of your career and family and as cautionary tale of what may happen if you make the wrong choice. And even maybe looking at the ghosts as these figures that represent fortune or prestige or things that you might be chasing at the expense of paying proper attention to your family." See more »

Goofs

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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Intro and Dies
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Room No. -> Moron
27 October 2017 | by benjaminburtSee all my reviews

This is quite the film. If you, too, are fascinated with the Shining, and you want to hear extreme fans talk about their extreme fan theories, this is the movie for you. It's important to note that this film never claims to be the definitive interpretation of the Shining, but rather observations and personal interpretations.

Some of my favorite observations include: The Shining is about the story of the Minotaur; The Shining is the foil of 2001: a Space Odyssey; and Kubrick was confessing he was involved in faking the moon landing footage. This final claim was backed up by the idea that the room number, 237, was chosen because the moon is 237,000 miles from the Earth (even though the real value is closer to 239,000). In the door to Room 237, there is a key that has a little flap with the words Room No. 237. The commentator stated that the only words that could be made using those same letters are Moon and Room, indicating a confession that Kubrick was involved in faking the footage. I suppose the commentator forgot the words or, on, moo, nor, mono, norm, morn, moor, or moron.

So, take this film with a grain of salt (or several). If you're looking for "The Shining: explained," you're going to be woefully disappointed. If you're looking for a couple of fan theories that will tickle your brain and that you can kind of chuckle at, or if you're looking to make fun of fan obsession, there's something in this film for you. If you really want to learn more about The Shining, you can look up information on Youtube, or watch the film again and analyze it yourself!


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