Screened as part of NZIFF 2012

Room 237: Being an Inquiry into The Shining in 9 Parts 2012

Directed by Rodney Ascher

Rodney Ascher’s clip-laden doco deciphers the visual details of Kubrick’s horror classic in the company of five obsessive and haunted cineastes. “Catnip for Kubrickians and critics both professional and otherwise.” — Variety

USA In English
102 minutes Blu-ray

Director, Photography, Editor


Tim Kirk


Carlos Ramos


Ian Herzon


Jonathan Snipes
William Hutson
The Caretaker


Bill Blakemore
Geoffrey Cocks
Juli Kearns
John Fell Ryan
Jay Weidner


Sundance, Cannes (Directors’ Fortnight) 2012

If you’ve ever seen, heard or even thought about The Shining, you need to let Room 237 unlock secret portals in your mind to show you exactly why it is one of the most important films ever made. Painstakingly and artfully constructed with footage from Kubrick’s films and many others, Room 237 uses the narration of obsessive Shining theorists and scholars to create a mesmerising and hypnotic journey through the icy labyrinth of the Overlook Hotel, while giving us third-eye insight into Stephen King’s source material. This ranges from the delusional (the moon landing), to the bizarre (the Holocaust), to the ingenious (breaking down the film’s architecture and finding paradoxes), to the mind-bending (overlapping scenes forward and backward simultaneously). The surgical precision with which the film’s layers are removed, examined and shuffled finally results in a sort of transcendental jaunt for all film lovers. It’s one of the great movies about movies. See it before copyright lawyers bury it in a snowy maze. — AT