Heard of the movie Room 237? It’s a feature length film where fans and scholars of the film The Shining expound at length about the hidden meanings and subtle interpretations of the film. The fact that there are enough of these theories to fill a feature is not particularly surprising: The Shining is one of the most famous horror films put to screen by a director whose life’s work is critically acclaimed, its production was riddled with strange stories, and the movie itself has quite a few strange and random details. Or perhaps they are just seemingly random. Anyway, according to a friend of mine who actually saw it, the “hidden meanings” in Room 237 run the gamut from “Wow, that’s super interesting” to “You, sir, are BONKERS.”
But this post is not about Room 237. It’s about the same concept, but applied to Ghostbusters. And if you think there are probably less weird theories about the hidden meaning behind Ghostbusters, you would severely underestimating the nature of fandom.
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