Danny Torrance, the little boy in Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining,” was told that he had no business in Room 237. Thirty-two years have passed and now Rodney Ascher (“The S From Hell”) wants the world to check into that same prohibited room to investigate the obsession and intrigue that have surrounded “The Shining” for so long after its release.
Ascher’s documentary, aptly titled “Room 237,” utilizes lengthy footage from “The Shining” (stirring up a bit of controversy surrounding fair-rights usage) as voiceovers from an array of conspiracy theorists discuss the hidden meanings and subtexts of the film. It has been a highly praised film for many of those that have seen it during its successful festival run and highly anticipated by those Kubrick/Stephen King fans who have yet to.
The trailer for the film allows its simplicity to haunt and entice Kubrick fanatics and cinephiles alike; acclamation for the film is all that is shown and voiceover snippets from the film are all that is heard, as the viewer is taken on a journey across the darkened floor of the Overlook Hotel — finally to be stopped by a mysterious closed door.
“Room 237” is playing at the New York Film Festival ahead of a theatrical release from IFC Midnight.