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‘Room 237′ Trailer Obsesses Over ‘The Shining’

Room 237 Trailer
Warner Bros.

When you hear that ‘Room 237‘ is a feature length documentary about Stanley Kubrick’s ‘The Shining,’ your first thought may be that it sounds like a glorified DVD bonus feature, but it’s actually so much more. The film is a soap box for people who have who read waaay too much into Kubrick’s horror masterpiece and have all kinds of nutty theories about what it all means. Consider it “conspiracy theory film criticism.”

Although the film won’t arrive until 2013 (IFC picked it up, which means that it will probably be a VOD mainstay), you can read our review here and watch the trailer below. Since ‘Room 237′ is entirely made up of footage from ‘The Shining’ with overlaid commentary, it’s a tough movie to sell…hence a trailer that contains actual footage from the film, just critical praise and audio. If you listen carefully, you can get a taste of some of the more batty theories explored in the film, including one guy who thinks ‘The Shining’ is an elaborate way of Kubrick confessing that he helped fake the Apollo 11 moon landing.

What do you think? Are you down for watching a movie that is entirely about vanishing into a rabbit hole of subtext, thematic interpretation and government conspiracies?

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