I knew from the second that I learned of a proposed documentary that took a look behind Stanley Kubrick's 1980's classic The Shining, this was going straight to the top of my 2013 must see list. I'm a big Kubrick fan, but not just that, The Shining is one of my favorite movies ever. period. To this day despite multiple viewings, that film still manages to give me goosebumps. It's a truly nightmarish, relentless trip into madness. So much to my initial delight, I recently got the chance to sit down and watch filmmaker Rodney Ascher's documentary Room 237. When it was over, I couldn't help but think that this was so far removed from what I had hoped for.
Did you know the cans of talcum powder that are featured in the background scenes of the pantry at the Overlook Hotel, are connected to the slaughter of the American Indians? That is according to one person interviewed. Oh btw, Did you know that the typewriter that Jack uses is German? So that means The Shining is secretly about the Holocaust. So says another conspiracy theorist. If I may use an appropriate analogy, if Room 237 is the titanic, where it meets it's final nail..or let's say it's iceberg, is one "fan's" theory on how Kubrick faked the Apollo moon landing. I kid you not.