Doctor Sleep

Director: Mike Flanagan

Supernatural Horror

What It's About

This is the follow up to Stephen King’s The Shining. Dan Torrance (Ewan McGregor) is now a man in his forties struggling with alcoholism, much like his father. He’s still haunted by the demons from his childhood, the guilt over the loss of his mother, and the Overlook Hotel. Trying to start fresh, Dan’s life is turned upside down when he encounters Abra, a little girl with a lot of Shining ability. The unlikely pair team up to fight the immortal clan of the True Knot, led by Rose (Rebecca Ferguson) who feed off the innocence of children who can shine.

What I Thought

This took me a while to watch. As a big Stephen King fan I often find myself disappointed by the movie adaptations of his books. The Shining is a SUPER important story to me. Not only is it one of my all time favorite movies, but it’s the most read and tattered book in my library. I was reluctant to even read Doctor Sleep, but I did and I was happy with it. I was even more hesitant to watch the movie, fearing it would ruin the story and The Shining for me completely. Two years later I finally committed to watching it and I’m glad I did. It helped knowing it was directed by Mike Flanagan, who I’m really becoming a fan of. (Oculus, Hush, The Haunting of Hill House, Midnight Mass and Gerald’s Game- also a Stephen King story)

I liked it.

I thought the movie flowed well, and it was edited well with some really beautiful eerie shots as they approached the old Overlook. The same score was used which aided in immersing the viewer back in time. It was both creepy and unnerving. This film doesn’t rely on jump scares, although there are a few, they’re appropriate and serve the scenes.

What I like about Mike Flanagan movies is that he really takes the time to explore and convey how the characters feel and are dealing with the horrors in life rather than focusing on just the horror itself. It adds depth and heart to the characters, evoking emotion for the viewer. I found myself very invested in the characters, even the villains.

Another note, the actress playing Wendy, Alex Essoe was a DEAD RINGER for Shelly Duvall, WOW! I was enthralled every time she was on screen.

I also really enjoyed the performance of Kyliegh Curran who plays young Abra. Child actors can be hit or miss but she was flawless at conveying so many different emotions. I expect we’ll see more of her in the future.

Where To Find It

Available on Amazon Prime Video | Apple TV | Google Play Movies

Photo: IMDB

Sam Clattenburg a.k.a Romero (She Needs a Priest) is a life-long horror fan and horror commentator. You can find her videos, reviews and blog here:

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