Overseer of the Overlook – Auditioning the Demiurge
The researcher, videographer and filmmaker Rob Ager has conducted what I believe to be a very detailed and insightful analysis of Kubrick's work, including The Shining. On his website Collative Learning, Ager suggests that The Overlook of Kubrick’s film is dark metaphor of America. Not only that, but it is also in some way a sentient metaphor. Its shifting corridors and rooms, the spatial impossibilities inherent in its design, all imply a living, imagining presence that is the hotel itself. Stephen King’s original novel touches on some of these themes in a more easily recognisable folkloric way. But I would go further with this basic idea. I would suggest that the Overlook Hotel is in fact a metaphor for the Gnostic State of Man; spiritual beings who have somehow become ensnared in a world of shapeshifting illusion by Archonic forces. I would suggest that Kubrick’s Overlook is essentially the black iron prison later described by Philip K Dick in his seminal novel Valis. The writer Christopher Knowles explores the literal and symbolic high-weirdness connections concerning Philip K Dick and Valis over on his blog The Secret Sun, particularly in this excellent post: I'll Show You How to Bring Me to Your World.