Rodney Ascher’s acclaimed documentary ‘Room 237’, Official Selection at Sundance, Cannes and New York Film Festivals, will hit the big screen, theaters, VOD and digital download starting March 29th. ‘Room 237’ takes a critical look at ‘The Shining’, one of the most iconic horror films to ever frighten audiences. Tackling the obscure and often revealing theories behind one of the cult films of decades, the documentary aims to proof why ‘The Shining’ continues to stay relevant by inspiring debate, speculation and mystery. Come on in for the trailer and more.
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.
This Friday, ‘Room 237’ opens in select theaters and will be available to watch on Cable VOD, SundanceNOW and other digital outlets like iTunes, Amazon Streaming, PS3 Playstation Unlimited, XBOX Zune, Google PLAY and YouTube.
If you’re in New York, be sure to check out a special ‘Room 237’ panel discussion at the Apple Store in SoHo on March 29th at 5pm. The panel will feature, director Rodney Ascher and producer Tim Kirk.