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. Director Rodney Ascher joins us for a conversation on the joy of interpretation and discovery, wherever you find it.
“Ascher’s unique and unforgettable film is a tribute to movie love. I couldn’t have liked it more.” – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
“A delirious ode to movie love; a meditation on becoming so consumed by a film that every single inch of the screen seems to hold some kind of special meaning… both hilarious and electrifying, a must-see for any true film buff.” - Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine
“One of the great movies about movies… With Ascher’s brilliant editing subtly teasing the participants for their sillier comments, there’s a sense in which ‘Room 237′ mirrors Kubrick’s film as a work of genre satire… That these fans’ revelations run the gamut from ingenious to inane does nothing to diminish the pic’s aptly Kubrickian study of human flailing.” – Rob Nelson, Variety