A lot has already been said about Stanley Kubrick's 1980 horror movie, The Shining, based on Stephen King's book of the same name. But if you speak with some of the people interviewed in the documentary, Room 237, you might be forgiven for thinking that, actually, there's a lot more left to say.
As the synopsis for the documentary suggests, "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."
Yeah. That. To continue.
"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."
Which sounds kind of kooky, right? It's been touted as one of the 'great movies about movies' by Variety but whether it ends up resembling a really bad episode of Great Mysteries of the World or not matters little today. Because we just saw the trailer and it is the scariest bloody 2 minutes you'll have all week. That is, unless, you happen to be immune to the deeply unsettling and altogether eerie sound of swarming bees and demonic voices intermingling - and that's not even half of it.
ROOM 237 was screened at a couple of film festivals, (including the Melbourne Film Festival) last year but has yet to score a wider release. Until now. It will have a limited release in the US on March 29th. No word yet on when it will screen here.