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It’s The Bloody Trailer For IFC’s ‘The Shining’ Conspiracy Doc ‘Room 237’!!

Room 237

Fans of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining won’t want to miss the conspiracy thriller doc Room 237, releasing via IFC Films on March 29 at IFC Center and Elinor Bunim Monroe Film Center in New York City followed by a national rollout. The film will simultaneously be available on Cable VOD, iTunes and other digital outlets (Sundance Now, Amazon Streaming, XBOX and more).

The trailer has finally been released, which gives you a taste of the conspiracy theories surrounding Kubrick’s classic adaptation of Stephen King’s novella. Since its premiere at Sundance, Room 237 had been a festival sensation at Cannes, Toronto, New York, Chicago, AFI and Fantastic Fest. The film also won the IDA Documentary Award for Best Editing.

After the box office failure of Barry Lyndon, Stanley Kubrick decided to embark on a project that might have more commercial appeal. The Shining, Stephen King’s biggest critical and commercial success yet, seemed like a perfect vehicle. After an arduous production, Kubrick’s film received a wide release in the summer of 1980; the reviews were mixed, but the box office, after a slow start, eventually picked up. End of story? Hardly. In the 30 years since the film’s release, a considerable cult of Shining devotees has emerged, fans who claim to have decoded the film’s secret messages addressing everything from the genocide of Native Americans to a range of government conspiracies. Rodney Ascher’s wry and provocative Room 237 fuses fact and fiction through interviews with cultists and scholars, creating a kaleidoscopic deconstruction of Kubrick’s still-controversial classic.



  • Zombie-Killa

    Cool concept. This trailer proves simple is better, and less is more, and I really want to see this.

    And now I feel like watching The Shining. lol.

  • anezka

    I don’t really like Kubrick’s the Shining. It’s not that I think the movie is bad itself, but since I watched after reading the book, I was expecting something completely different and more powerful than what was delivered. I was just disappointed because it wasn’t the film I wanted to see. Even so, this documentary does look interesting and intriguing. I was expecting they would give something out in the trailer and they never did. Now I’m curious as hell and still have to wait until March. =/

    • bozodeathgod

      Do you have an opinion on King and Garris’ mini series of The Shining?

    • I just re-devoured the novel. I agree with you. Kubrick makes a remotely different guise of the story. But as a seventeen year-old who is early sick of exclusively recycled material, I was pretty happy with what Kubrick did. It was a pretty bold move in his end – pushing the story a little bit further. The novel was more of a “haunted-hotel” story, whereas the movie, while isn’t always working, is something beyond that.

      I’m curious for the docu as well. 🙂

  • Aaron Emery

    What a great trailer

  • BabyJaneHudson

    Agree about the great trailer – so simple, but it has made me want to watch this film. I can only imagine the theories out there – likely a good mix of compelling and crazy.

  • GhettoWerewolf

    They did a very cool job at duplicating the original theatrical trailer for The Shining, but using the VHS player instead of the elevator, of course. Interesting concept. I’d really like to see this.

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