Writer, director of four feature films, currently employed producing television commercials.
I feel The Shining is one of the most over-analyzed films ever. Certainly a movie that plays with puzzles and mazes as motifs, but I think this can be taken far beyond the intentions of even as meticulous filmmaker as Kubrick.
The Shining has become the backward masking of film.
This sound effect could easily be be explained as the same room tone being used repeatedly and looped. And this sound could be nothing more than someone shuffling.