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When I was a kid, I slept with my mom for a month after watching The Shining. I love Stephen King, but his books scare the hell out of me, yet I keep going back to that creative well. He's a genius.
I wanted to see Doctor Sleep because it's an opportunity to revisit a story I loved (by the way, the book is better – more details) and the lead actress is Rebecca Ferguson from The White Queen and the most recent Mission Impossible movies. I love her!
So, why does this kid see only scary things? Are these ghosts? I know the hotel has a creep history, but why did this kid see the scary dead people (and the caretaker)?
The darkest things are the hungriest and they eat what shines.Dick Hallorann
Struggling with alcoholism, Dan Torrance remains traumatized by the sinister events that occurred at the Overlook Hotel when he was a child. His hope for a peaceful existence soon becomes shattered when he meets Abra, a teen who shares his extrasensory gift of the “shine.” Together, they form an unlikely alliance to battle the True Knot, a cult whose members try to feed off the shine of innocents to become immortal.Google Synopsis
Doctor Sleep Movie Review
I love the movie. I think the people who “ate” the shine from others was a strange twist and I don't think that this is how the Overlook Hotel became the creepy place that it was, but okay. It was still entertaining. You should know that there is a scene where a boy is murdered. The kid that played that role was stupendous and his fear really got to me.
The tour of the Overlook Hotel was a nice touch, but it went on for a while given that the woman was coming. And I wasn't a fan of the flashbacks because they used other actors – I wish they would have just used the scenes from the original movie. But I loved seeing the hotel come to life.
Overall, I liked the movie. It was a slow climb to the climax, which I enjoyed. The ending was kind of anti-climatic and open to a sequel. But I doubt that we'll see more since I don't think it made a ton of money in the theater. But who knows.
I kind of want to read the book again to see if any of this was hinted in the book. I just remember that the people in this hotel were into some evil crazy shit. To be honest, the book was scarier than the movie and I won't be visiting that any time soon.
Two cool things you might miss…
- The girl, Abra Stone, lived in a cool brick house with the number 1980, which was the year The Shining was released.
- Henry Thomas, from ET and Legends of the Fall, played Jack Nicholson's character.
What Others Think of Doctor Sleep
77% Rotton Tomatoes
88% of Google Users Like the Movie