'Room 237': Deconstructing 'The Shining'
05:00 AM, Mar 27, 2013
When it comes to scary movies, I’m much more interested in psychological horror than your run-of-the-mill “serial killer with a mask” flick.
Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining is, well, a shining example of the subgenre. Kubrick masterfully makes us squirm in our seats with images that seem innocuous (like a boy riding a Big Wheel), then delivers the screams by enabling us to crawl inside Jack Torrance’s twisted head.
Fans have floated many theories about The Shining over the years, from the meaning of that final, memorable shot to the theme of the whole movie. (For instance, is it a comment on the plight of Native Americans? Or could it have something to do with the 1969 moon landing?) In a new documentary called Room 237, director Rodney Ascher explores various interpretations and tries to find out what makes this one of the most beloved films of the last 30 years.
I must say, this has to be one of the best teasers I’ve ever seen for a flick:
I absolutely can’t wait to see this documentary when it premieres Friday in select theaters and cable on demand. (It also will be available via iTunes, SundanceNOW, Amazon, PS3, Xbox and other outlets.)
After you re-watch the original movie, I suggest you prepare yourself by reading this excellent New York magazine article about Shining fans.