The Shining is arguably the best Horror movie ever made with Jack Nicholson's incredible, deranged performance as Jack Torrance, the hotel caretaker, universally recognised as one of cinema's finest. The cast of Shelley Duval, Danny Lloyd and Scatman Crothers along with Kubrick's direction and Stephen King's source novel means that the film truly deserves its numerous awards, unparalleled reputation and critical acclaim.
Stanley Kubrick is well known to have been obsessed with the minute detail of his films, often spending years researching and planning every single aspect of each movie. Whilst filming 2001: A Space Oddyssey, wanting everything to appear completely real, he insisted that all equipment that would be used in the Moon based scenes should actually be able to work in outer space. For the famous scene in The Shining where Shelley Duval swings a baseball bat at her husband, Kubrick insisted on 127 retakes, which earned the shot a world record for ' the most retakes of a single movie scene with spoken dialogue'.
The new documentary Room 237 chronicles the theories developed by fanatical obsessives of The Shining based on tiny often unnoticed or overlooked details that Kubrick included in the film. These strange perspectives, continuity errors and bizarre physical inconsistencies have led many to believe that the film is more than just a simple horror movie. The theories range from the film being an apology for Kubrick helping to fake the Moon landings to The Shining being Stanley Kubrick's interpretation of the Holocaust.
The Shining demands repeated viewings to truly be able to take in all the layers and detail that fill the movie. Some people claim to have seen the film 100's of times and still see new details and plot points.
The full unedited version of The Shining opens tonight and includes a number of deleted scenes and an unexpected coda. Room 237 opens this Friday 2 November. Tickets are available from the Box Office, by phone on 0871 902 5737 and online.