Room 237 Trailer: Do You Really Know Stanley Kubrick's The Shining?

By Katey Rich 2013-02-08 14:56:25discussion comments
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At every film festival there's a movie that gets people excited and has them swearing that you HAVE to see it there, because it may never find its way to theaters. At the 2012 Sundance Film Festival that movie was Room 237, Rodney Ascher's documentary that gave a very certain group of The Shining fanatics a chance to share their theories with the world. Is it possible the 1980 Stanley Kubrick classic is a metaphor for the slaughter of Native Americans? Or for male sexual repression? Or how Kubrick helped fake the moon landing?

You won't hear any of those theories in this trailer-- presumably because they happen over clips from The Shining that can't be used to advertise Room 237-- but I promise it'll pique your interest anyway. Check out the trailer below, or in HD at Apple:



That blood you're seeing is a clear nod to the famous scene in The Shining that has given most American kids a nightmare at some point, and you'd better believe the theorists of Room 237 have a lot of ideas about what that blood means. You never see the people with these enormous ideas about the true meaning of The Shining, but their voices cut over footage from the movie that "proves" their point is more than enough. Room 237 is like that film class with the one guy who insisted every movie was secretly about homosexuality-- but it's an entire room full of that guys, and when you're not trying to get a word in edgewise, it's amazing to listen to them.

Room 237 is coming to theaters and iTunes on March 29, and if you've ever held your own crazy theory on what a movie secretly meant, you definitely want to hunt it down for yourself.
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