We’ve all read stories about people seeing Jesus Christ’s image on the side of a spud or holy statues move, and heard of people who believe that Shergar lives on a farm in France where Elvis, Jim Morrison and Lord Lucan work as slaves for aliens who took over the Earth in the wake of one of their spaceships crashing in the New Mexico desert back in 1947.

Well, they’ve all come together to make a documentary about Stanley Kubrick’s classic 1980 horror movie, The Shining.

Room 237 explores the theory that messages are hidden in The Shining, given that Kubrick – who died in 1999 at the age of 70 – is considered one of cinema’s great auteurs, a perfectionist who wouldn’t leave anything on-screen unless it served a purpose.

Based on the 1977 Stephen King novel of the same name, The Shining follows Jack Torrance (played by Jack Nicholson), a recovering alcoholic with writer’s block, who brings his wife and their young son to an isolated hotel closed for winter. The fun begins when son Danny, who has psychic abilities, and his father encounter the evil spirits that haunt room 237 - hence the title of this documentary.

Let’s see now: amongst the claims is that the key tag for room number 237 is designed so that the letters 'R', 'O', 'O', 'M' and 'N' are all capitalised, while 'o' (as in 'No' - short for 'number') isn’t. This means that the word ‘MOON’ can be spelled from the capitalised letters, which is apparently a reference to Kubrick’s alleged involvement in the allegedly fake Apollo 11 Moon landing in 1969!

There are loads more crackers such as this, but there’s no point rattling them off here. Just go and see Room 237. You’ll probably leave the cinema laughing your head off, wondering: ‘Whatever will the Coen brothers think of next?!’

John Byrne