Room 237, the much talked-about documentary exploring theories about Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining (loosely based on the Stephen King novel of the same name), has now become available on Netflix (both streaming and DVD).
While the film is listed as a 2012 release, it only saw its limited theatrical run beginning in March before making its way to DVD this month.
While reviews are very mixed among Netflix users so far, Room 237 has a 93% on Rotten Tomatoes (61% audience score). The film, directed by Rodney Ascher, explores some pretty interesting (albeit highly debated) ideas about The Shining, which have drawn significant interest on the Internet from hard core Kubrick fans for years.
Here’s the Netflix description for Room 237:
If your’e interested in the possible subtexts of Kubrick’s film, I’d also highly recommend checking out a collection of videos on the topic from Rob Ager and Collative Learning. They will give you plenty more to think about while watching The Shining the next time (and probably every other time after that).