The Shining Message

17 Oct


I’ve read my fair share of moon-landing conspiracy theories, but this essay about The Shining as Stanley Kubrick’s coded confession to helping fake the Apollo mission is quite possibly the best ever.

Consider, for instance:

A cold winter storm has now blown over the Hotel. The oncoming storm is a symbol of the Cold War between Russia and the United States. Of course the Cold War is also one of the driving forces for the entire reason for faking the moon landings. It was necessary to hide the advanced U.S. saucer technology from the Soviet Union. We were living in a very dangerous world and it was shrewd to hide our advanced technology from the Russians. This is the reason for the bears that are seen all over The Shining. The Russian Bear, and its competition for the race to the Moon, was a driving force behind having to fake the Apollo Moon landings.

Jack, his family, and the Overlook Hotel, are trapped in the Cold, just as America was trapped in the Cold War with Russia. The stuffed bears, seen through out the film, are the Soviet Empire’s symbol.

Sorry kitties, but Caturdays are clearly meant for conspiracies.

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Posted by on October 17, 2009 in Entertainment, Life, Movies


7 responses to “The Shining Message

  1. pitu

    October 17, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    Also, you know, Ursa Major is a very commonly spotted constellation in Western skies. OMG more proof!!


  2. Piyush

    October 17, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    I read this earlier as well via imdb. Its interesting but a bit far fetched.

  3. Gradwolf

    October 18, 2009 at 9:10 am

    It’s nice to see people who overreach for meanings in a movie. Just like us.

  4. Amrita

    October 18, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    Pitu – you are so right! And Russians have children too!

    Piyush – the IMDB boards will eat you alive!

    Adithya – ahem, I don’t know what you mean!

  5. Amey

    October 18, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    I am not sure if even the Russians came up with as many “fake moon landing” theories till today as Americans do every day 😉

  6. Gradwolf

    October 19, 2009 at 12:12 am

    Of late, you’ve not been getting any of my comments. Romba too much :p

  7. Ness

    October 26, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    Oh…wow. When I was at uni, I had to do a huge assignment on The Shining for my Honours degree. And I read a lot of crazy stuff. There’s an entire book about how the film is all about the slaughter of the Native Americans and the stealing of their land (I’m not kidding) and nothing at all to do with Stephen King’s source material. But the moon landing… beats that. Like, SO MUCH.

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