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I was recently asked by a friend of mine, if I believe in conspiracy theories. Truthfully I can’t say that I do or that I don’t, the thing is I am always curious about such ‘theories’ and if anything they can be entertaining. The documentary Room 237 digs deeper to provide us with some interesting ‘theories’ about Stanley Kubrick’s, The Shinning. Room 237 might raise a few eyebrows, but ultimately it changed the way I watch movies. At least the first few films I watched after it…

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For Room 237 to make any sense at all, you really need to have seen The Shining. The Shinning is considered to be an amazing cinematic feat, and has a strong fan base, plus Stanley Kubrick was truly a formidable film maker. It’s no doubt Stanley Kubrick paid more than the usual attention to making his films, and for that we are grateful, since till this day, we still discuss his films. What a legacy he has left!

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The style of this documentary is instantly engaging, because it choses to employ a rather unique style in that it goes ahead and uses clips from other Stanley Kubrick films to tell the story, or to visually tell what we hear as voice-over. Additionally we are presented with 9 ‘out-there’ theories about The Shining, and even though the ‘evidence’ presented is compelling and almost alerting, I can not say that I felt convinced. What I did feel was that it’s fascinating to see how varied and wild some interpretations can be. This is intriguing because as FilmMunchers we are keenly interested in what people think about film.

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In this modern era of information, people can share their theories in various platforms, YouTube seems to be a great place to explore what some people believe about films. This documentary can start to feel like a YouTube mash-up, but until it does, you do feel, perhaps a little ‘creeped-out’ by it, and it was enough to generate goose-bumps! It’s presentation of hidden messages does feel as if we are getting a secret whispered into our ears, and who doesn’t enjoy that!?

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The reason why I was fascinated with this doco is that it almost encouraged me to watch films from a different perspective. I’ve always felt that I watch films with focus, but Room 237 highlights watching films on a level of focus out of this world. Again, this is why discussing films is so important, we may have never seen it from a certain point of view, having others express this is always welcome.

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FilmMunchers, may I suggest you turn all the lights off and if anything, let this creepy documentary entertain and/or freak you out a little!

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TRIVIA COOKIES: The Kubrick family had nothing to do with this documentary.

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Author of the book, The Shining, Stephen King, apparently watched about half of this film, and then refused to finish watching it. He has publicly spoken out that he ‘hates’ this doco. Admittedly Room 237 does have a rather stern theory about how Kubrick felt, regarding the reference material, and I totally get why Stephen King would strongly dislike this!