'The Shining' Conspiracy Doc 'Room 237' Gets a Bloody Full Trailer
by Alex Billington
February 8, 2013
"An amazing experience…" That's one of the quotes they feature and it's perfect. IFC Films has revealed a full-length trailer for Rodney Ascher's documentary Room 237, about the various conspiracies and hidden things found within Stanley Kubrick's The Shining. It was one of my favorite films of 2012 and will finally be hitting theaters this March. The original teaser trailer they put out in November had nothing but audio, this time they've got video, but it's not from the film (since that'd be footage from Kubrick's films). Instead, it's an awesome VHS player recreation of the original bloody trailer to The Shining. You'll want to see this!
Watch the full-length trailer for Rodney Ascher's documentary Room 237, in high def from Apple:
From the Fantastic Fest '12 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. They will finally be releasing Room 237 in limited theaters and iTunes VOD starting March 29th this spring. For more info, visit room237movie.com.
Nick Sears on Feb 8, 2013
Reminds me of this rather brilliant video on the architecture of The Shining. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sUIxXCCFWw
El_MUERkO on Feb 8, 2013
Which is mostly bullshit. The reason there are odd spacial problems in The Shining is the same reason there are odd spacial issues in any movie. It's cheaper / faster / smarter to redress sets you've already got built and to use not the actual space from a location, but the best parts of the space. Most movies have screw ups like this that you never notice until someone points them out. I could make videos about dozens of movies with the same spacial anomalies and then make claims about why they were done that way. Watch any movie set in some kind of suburb and take a close look at the exterior and interiors of the houses. You'll probably notice that windows are missing, or there are extras, or there's a window on a wall where there shouldn't be, or that the house is larger on the inside than the outside, etc. I've not seen the documentary yet, but it wouldn't surprise me if this particular theory were addressed in there.
Squiggly_P on Feb 8, 2013
Kubrick doesn't do mistakes. All answers are hidden in plain sight. Follow those two guidelines while watching a Kubrick film, and have your mind blown. There are more, but might be too much for you at start.
David Banner on Feb 8, 2013
Kubrick was a smart guy and he definitely put a lot of subtle stuff into his movies, but there's a difference between picking up on subtle stuff and reading into things. He's been granted this legendary status among certain film buffs, but he wasn't an all-knowing god. He was just some dude that was smart and made movies about things. Personally, I place him on the same level as Coppola and a number of other directors who, in my opinion, will sacrifice storytelling for a stylistic choice. The ending of 2001, for example, where he stops the movie for ten minutes to have a laser light show is self indulgent.
Squiggly_P on Feb 14, 2013
There's an interesting website I found a while back, collativelearning.com, which has a very extensive analysis of this film, and others. There's some really interesting things pointed out and explained, a lot of symbolism and odd theories. Worth a look, if anyone's interested.
grimjob on Feb 8, 2013
Roger Ager's videos are great, especially the ones on Kubrick.
David Banner on Feb 8, 2013
Come play with us.
Xerxexx on Feb 8, 2013
It's not so much a recreation of the elevator scene as it is a parody of the original trailer to "The Shining". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEew7zvpAWE
Yaanu on Feb 8, 2013
I saw this movie at the IDFA (International Documentary Festival Amsterdam). It was very interesting, there's theories in here that range from very probable to crazy, but all very entertaining.
obi-wan on Feb 9, 2013
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