First Teaser Trailer for 'Shining' Doc 'Room 237' Doesn't Show Much

October 7, 2012
Source: YouTube

Room 237 Doc Teaser

Are you ready to return to Room 237? An early teaser trailer has finally been revealed for Rodney Ascher's highly acclaimed, much talked about documentary Room 237, about the deep "dark secrets" and numerous crazy conspiracies found within Stanley Kubrick's The Shining. The doc premiered at Sundance and has been playing the festival circuit all-around, including Cannes and Fantastic Fest, and will hopefully soon get released by IFC Films. This teaser, uploaded by Metrodome Film, contains nothing but critics' quotes and, if you listen closely, voiceover snippets from the film to create tension. There's not much to it, but it's a tease.

Here's the first "trailer" for Rodney Ascher's doc Room 237, originally found by The Film Stage:

From the Fantastic Fest guide: "Rodney Ascher's Room 237 is a fascinating documentary that explores bizarre theories about the subtext and symbolism underlying Stanley Kubrick's landmark film The Shining." This documentary, which first premiered at Sundance and also played in Cannes, is made-up entirely of existing and archival footage, including many different segments of all of Stanley Kubrick's films. It features voiceovers which breakdown and discuss the theories and ideas within The Shining. Room 237 also played Fantastic Fest and the NYFF, and will be released by IFC Films. No date is set yet. Visit

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How funny I was just watching the Shining when I read this.

bryansays on Oct 7, 2012


i really never "got" kubricks version of the shining. it was a good movie - but (for me) NOT a classic. this is like those "star trek vs. star wars fans" arguements. some favor kubricks version and others the remake (which was more accurate to the book). certainly there is no absolute right or wrong in whichever version someone likes....... i'm a big fan of the remake; and, i think a more interesting doc would have been kings relationship with kubrick during, and at the completion, of his shining - then, the second half would have been about how kings dissatisfaction with kubricks version led to the remake project getting off the ground and kubricks reaction - i think THAT story would be far more interesting than all of this "hidden secret" nonsense in this film. i know i haven't seen this yet; however, the description (and this teaser) just leaves me feeling that it's a ridiculous idea. and yes - i HAVE, over the years, read about all of these bizarre "theories" of indians, racism and what not.....and it all seems nonsensical to me. this "doc" seems like a homage to kubricks version from his fanboys who are trying to make more out of the movie than what it was .

beevis on Oct 7, 2012


I cant wait to see this, the shining was his confesion in the part he played in the faking of the first two Apollo missions he was stationed at nasa "room 237" for 16 months for the first two missions. Sure i read a few months ago about kubricks wife was saying she found some old nasa documents asking kubrick "nudge nudge" if he would like to come over and test these new lenses they have, then again if you were going to fake something like that back then who else would you have had to do the job.

LV 426 on Oct 8, 2012


This has nothing to do with nothing but my parents actually had that very VCR in the 80's. It was made up of 2 separate units and had carrying straps. I think it was the recording unit for a shoulder mounted camera unit. U want to crap your pants, damn was that thing scary

Litesaber5 on Oct 10, 2012

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