Rodney Ascher’s documentary concerns the theories surrounding Stanley Kubrick’s horror classic The Shining.

Tim Kirk produced Room 237 and the film premiered at Sundance in January. IFC Midnight plans a theatrical release this year.

Loved and loathed in equal measure by film fans, The Shining is believed to contain encoded messages about genocide, government conspiracy and the nature of history itself.

Ascher interviews five devotees who present their takes on the film, which derives its name from a supposedly haunted room within the remote Overlook Hotel where Kubrick’s film takes place.

Sundance Selects/IFC Films president Jonathan Sehring said: “At this year’s Sundance Film Festival, everywhere you went you could hear people talking about Room 237 which is one of the most wild, entertaining and unexpected films of the year.”

IFC negotiated rights with The Film Sales Company.