Closing in on its 40th Anniversary, Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining remains one of the most lauded and analyze movies of all time—in any genre. Indeed, theories about The Shining, based on the bestselling novel by Stephen King, are so copious they even made a movie about them. Room 237 explores theories that range from probably to completely outlandish.
But one of the most enduring riddles of The Shining comes at the very end, creating complete chaos: The photo of Jack Torrance (played by Jack Nicholson) back in 1921. So, WTF is really going on? Is Jack actually a manifestation of the hotel itself? Did the hotel call out to Jack specifically? Is the photo literal or metaphorical—or does it suggest the possibility of time travel?
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The folks at WhatCulture have some damn good theories, and they manage to sum them up convincingly in under 5 minutes. Give it a spin and let us know what you think in the Comments section!
Official Synopsis: “I’m sorry to differ with you, sir, but you are the caretaker. You have always been the caretaker.”
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