Rodney Ascher’s Room 237 begins its theatrical run this weekend and whether you fancy yourself a Kubrickian scholar or a casual viewer, it’s definitely a treat. The documentary that looks at the various obsessions and theories begin Stanley Kubrick’s psychological horror masterpiece, features a lot of absurd theories—ranging from Holocaust to Native American allusions—but there was one that particularly stuck. It’s a well-received theory the The Shining was no more than Kubrick’s way to express his guilt over the secret that he had, indeed, helped fake the moon landing. In speaking with Ascher over the particular sway of this one way of looking at the film he said:
And there’s so much more to that one too! The way he describes it is great because I wasn’t pre-meditated to try and shape his interview but you know, he didn’t say, a equals 2 and b equals 3, he kind of took us along on his mission of discovery like, "And then I saw this! And that’s how i know this!" He’s just as excited in the interview now as he was when he first made the connection. And he’s got two of his own DVDs on the subject.
So in addition to Room 237, Michael Wysmierski has made his own doc called The Shining Code 2.0 exploring sai the Apollo 11 theory. And now, if you’re so inclined, you can indulge his 80-minute film and see just where your beliefs fall on the specturm. Take a look.