Spatial Awareness in “The Shining” pt. 2

The second part of Ager’s analysis of the “impossible” floor plan of the Overlook Hotel.


Spatial Awareness in “The Shining” pt. 1

This is the first of a two-part video by Rob Ager in which he analyzes the floor plan of the Overlook Hotel in Stanley Kubrick’s film “The Shining” (based on the Stephen King novel). Ager argues that the floor plan is deliberately “impossible” and the reason for this is so that the viewer is subconsciously disoriented. The urge to “map one’s way” through a fictional world is strong, and Ager argues that Kubrick exploits this fundamental urge in order to give his film more psychological effect.