Friday, January 10, 2020

Cryptokubrology: 237 in Films After The Shining

As I earlier detailed, the film The Shining was released on May 23, 1980. The importance of finding the number 237 in movies that have appeared before and since The Shining has become a mainstay of #Cryptokubrology.

In examining the work of Alex Fulton and Robert Shawn Montgomery, the co-creators of the ideas behind @Cryptokubrology on Twitter and of cryptokubrology contributions on YouTube and Facebook, I previously noted their pre-1980 examples in cinema. See "Cryptokubrology: 237 in Films of 1980 and Before."

I looked into Fulton's and Montgomery's series of YouTube videos, which consist of







and the ten films they mention from 1980 and before. As I said, the best evidence for finding true cryptokubrological insights may come from concentrating on the pre-The Shining examples only.

I remain firm in my opinion that the appearance of "237" in films is because directors - after The Shining (1980) - are placing the number in their films as homage to Kubrick.

Nevertheless, for completeness, I wanted to list the other 21 post-1980 films or television episodes mentioned by Fulton-Montgomery, where the number 237 is in the dialogue or shown (for example as an address or room number) in their video series. I've added a few others they and others have noted along the way.


Post-1980

Scanners (1981)


"There are 4 billion people on earth. 237 are Scanners"



Poltergeist (1982)

(CK-add via Twitter)




Starman (1984)

Directed by John Carpenter, he inserted the license plate "PXV 237" in the script for the vehicle (a red Mustang) used by the alien and his companion.






Revenge of the Nerds (1984)

Stand By Me (1986)


The amount of change the boys gather together is $2.37.

Married With Children: Eatin' Out (1989)

The Favor (1994)

(my add)







The Shawshank Redemption (1994)


Red's cell number is #237.

Sharpe's Gold (1995)

Twister (1996)

(otherwise & tweet adds)











Jackie Brown (1997)

Go (1999)

The King of Queens: Affidavit Justice (2003)

Saw II (2005)

Battlestar Glactica: 33 (2005)

Capote (2005)
(tweet and web adds)

This film is not mentioned in the Crypto-K video series but has been noted in @Cryptokubrology tweets. Capote is a 2005 biographical film about Truman Capote directed by Bennett Miller. Capote was played by Philip Seymour Hoffman (born July 23, 1967 – died February 2, 2014). In Capote, Truman (in the phonebooth and talking to his lover Jack) visually flirts with a man for an implied sexual interlude as he is waiting outside the bar under the numbers 237.




Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (2007)


Meet Mr. Magorium (Dustin Hoffman), the eccentric owner of a mystical, magical toy store, one he's run for years and years (237 of them, to be exact). Given his long tenure of duty, Magorium feels it's time to step down.

Toy Story 3 (2010)





Woody: "Who's Velocistar237?"
Trixie: "Oh! That's just a dinosaur toy down the street, that's nothing, let me just take care of that. It's just a dinosaur!"
Woody: "All right..."—Woody and Trixie, after an IM pops up on the computer

The 237 number in the screen name is a reference to director Lee Unkrich’s favorite movie The Shining.

Megamind (2010)

Paranormal Incident (2011)

Captain Phillips (2013)


"Coailtion Warship 237, this is Maersk Alabama."


Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013)



The USS Enterprise gets pushed-out of warp speed by the USS Vengeance 237,000 km away from Earth.

House of Cards (2016)


Supergirl (2015)

Get Out (2017)





Send along your suggestions.


"We're all children of Stanley Kubrick, aren't we? Is there anything you can do that he hasn't done?" ~ Paul Thomas Anderson



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