One of my favorite films of Sundance 2012 was Rodney Ascher‘s documentary Room 237. The film examines Stanley Kubrick‘s The Shining from the perspective of different critics as they try to tease out the subtext and hidden meanings from the 1980 horror movie. As I said in my review, Room 237 “shows how our minds can run away from us and how we’ll twist a movie apart in order to fit our theory, and not realize that our argument is crazier than Jack Torrance.” A new trailer for the film has been released, and sadly doesn’t show any of that. Instead, distributor IFC Midnight has chosen to make their trailer a play on the original trailer for The Shining, which is cute, but I don’t know how well it sells the movie.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. Room 237 hits theaters and VOD on March 29th.
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Here’s the trailer for The Shining:
Here’s the official synopsis for Room 237:
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.