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Movies about movies are hard to pull off. Documentaries about movies-possibly even harder. Still, we’d be lying if we said that Rodney Ascher’s THE SHINING conspiracy theory/analysis doc ROOM 237 doesn’t have us giddy with anticipation:


In 1980 Stanley Kubrick released his classic horror film, THE SHINING. Over 30 years later, viewers are still struggling to understand its hidden meanings. Loved and hated by equal numbers, the film is considered a genre standard by many loyalists, while other viewers dismiss it as the lazy result of a legendary director working far below his talent level. In between these two poles, however, live the theories of ardent fans who are convinced they have decoded THE SHINING’s secret messages regarding genocide, government conspiracy, and the nightmare that we call history. Ascher’s ROOM 237 fuses fact and fiction through interviews with the fans and scholars who espouse these theories. Ideas of five devotees of the film with wildly different ideas about its true meaning are braided together in a kaleidoscopic deconstruction of the horror classic.

Room 237

The movie opens this Friday @ West End Cinema (Alan will have a full review for you first thing that morning) but we also have some run-of-engagement passes to give away which you can use @ West End starting Monday, April 15th. Super sweet deal.

To enter to win, leave us a comment telling us which movie, in your opinion, deserves the ROOM 237 treatment (and why, since that’s part the fun). We’ll notify the winners by Friday lunchtime. Cool? Cool.