Filmmaker Rodney Ascher
examines the many conspiracy theories surrounding Stanley Kubrick's controversial 1980 horror classic The Shining
by speaking with fans of the film, and scholars who claim the director had a hidden agenda in adapting Stephen King
's bestselling novel to the big screen. In-depth conversations with Bill Blakemore
, Geoffrey Cocks, Juli Kearns, John Fell Ryan, and Jay Weidner (Kubrick's Odyssey
) reveal a wide spectrum of theories pertaining to Kubrick's film, including speculation that it was a cinematic allegory for the slaughter of Native Americans, the Holocaust, or perhaps a cleverly-constructed confession that he was in fact the filmmaker responsible for faking the 1969 moon landing that placed the U.S. at the cutting-edge of the international space race against the former Soviet Union.