Doctor Sleep is not only a successful sequel to The Shining, it’s also one of the finest screen adaptations of a Stephen King novel to date.
Director Mike Flanagan (who helmed King flick Gerald’s Game and TV series The Haunting of Hill House) remains remarkably true to the book while deftly folding the events of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining into the new narrative. And it all gels quite brilliantly.
40 years after his terrifying experience at the Overlook Hotel, Danny Torrance (Ewan McGregor) is finally finding some comfort in life. But his newfound peace is shattered when he makes a connection with a courageous teenager named Abra (Kyliegh Curran), who shares his ability to ‘shine’. Abra is being hunted by a nomadic cult of psychic vampires who feed on the ‘steam’ released when torturing children with the shining, and she needs Dan’s help to stop them.
Kubrick’s film is undeniably a masterpiece of horror, but by no means a faithful adaptation of King’s novel. Conversely, Doctor Sleep not only captures the essence of King’s writing and characters, it’s arguably better than the book it’s based upon, thanks to Flanagan’s bold decision to reconcile the two Shining universes.
• For those who want even more, Mike Flanagan has prepared a three-hour Director’s Cut that is exclusive to the Blu-ray edition
Release Date: February 19, 2020
Format: DVD, Blu-ray, 4K
Starring: Ewan McGregor, Kyliegh Curran, Rebecca Ferguson
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