VOD Recommendation: A Provocative Documentary About One of the Scariest Movies of All Time on Demand
03.28.13 by BJSprecher
"Some places are like people: some shine and some don't."
Re-examine a horror masterpiece through the eyes of people who believe they have decoded the messages hidden within it by the legendary auteur who made it.
The Flick: Room 237
The Skinny: Rodney Ascher makes his feature debut with this entertaining and provocative documentary about Stanley Kubrick's 1980 horror masterpiece, The Shining. Kubrick's adaptation has captivated and haunted moviegoers for more than three decades, and inspired some dedicated fans to scour the movie for hidden meanings and messages. Ascher presents the wild theories of five different individuals using movie clips, animation and dramatic reenactments. In a recent interview, he said that the reason he chose that approach over interview clips is that the movie is more about "ideas" than people.
Well, this is a movie more about ideas than individuals and there's something about how we're all kind of adrift in this culture of the movies. You can see the same shot in different contexts and it was interesting to allow people to see other shots from other films differently.
Room 237 premiered as an official selection at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and screened at the Directors' Fortnight section at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. It currently holds a 95% approval rating on aggregrate review site Rotten Tomatoes.