You Don't Have To Be A Conspiracy Nut To Find Hidden Numbers All Over The Shining
There are a lot of obsessives transfixed by The Shining -- someone even made an entire movie about their obsession with this movie. But while it's easy to get lost in the theories about moon landing hoaxes and hidden minotaurs, you might overlook some of the creepier details Kubrick actually did hide in there. Please do not overlook our pun, though - it took us six hours to come up with that.
At the risk of going full tinfoil hat, there are a bunch of repeating numbers in The Shining. Take the number 42, for instance. It first shows up on Danny's shirt.
Warner Bros.This movie is a cautionary tale about the psychological consequences of giving a child this hairdo.
Later, Danny is watching a TV (which oddly doesn't seem to be plugged in) playing the movie Summer Of '42.
Warner Bros.They couldn't get the rights to the show 24, mainly because it didn't exist yet.
The license plate on Dick Halloran's rental car also contains '42.' Kubrick famously changed the number of a particularly haunted room from the book's 217 to 237, since the hotel feared guests would avoid their actual room 217. (Ironically, it's instead become their most requested room.) The product of 2, 3, and 7 is ... 666. Wait, no, 42.
The number shows up in even more subtle ways. Like how there are exactly 42 cars parked at the Overlook at the beginning, a news report mentions a "$42 million spending bill," and when Jack visits the bar, the stools are in groups of four and two:
Warner Bros.If this wasn't intentional, someone got yelled at for an hour for forgetting that chair.