Horror fans know that October is the perfect month to release a spooky movie, but I’m not sure Hollywood understands that. There have been so many years where the perfect movie for the Halloween season is released just before or just after. This year has been a little better with the October release of films like Colombia Pictures horror-comedy sequel Zombieland: Double Tap, A24 and Robert Egger’s next movie The Lighthouse, and writer/director Patrick Lussier’s slasher film Trick. All of those are being released October 18th.
One movie perfect for this year’s Halloween season though is just missing it by a week. That film is writer/director Mike Flanagan’s adaptation of Stephen King’s 2013 novel, Doctor Sleep. The novel, a sequel to King’s legendary 1977 book The Shining follows the adventures of a now grown up Dan Torrance as he befriends a young girl with similar psychic gifts and deals with his alcoholism, psychic powers, the hungry ghosts of the Overlook Hotel, and a mysterious force preying upon those with the Shining.
The film’s trailer suggests that Flanagan’s adaptation will be visually informed by and perhaps have ties to Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 adaptation of The Shining, which King of course was critical of. Ewan McGregor plays Dan Torrance in the movie; newcomer Kyliegh Curran plays Abra Stone, the psychically gifted girl Dan befriends; and Rebecca Ferguson (best known for her role in the Mission Impossible franchise) plays Rose the Hat, the leader of the malevolent force out to get Dan and Abra
Sounds like a great Halloween movie, right? Unfortunately it’s slated to be released on November 8th. Fans looking to celebrate Halloween with Flanagan’s adaptation of Doctor Sleep aren’t completely out of luck though. According to Deadline, American ticket company Fandango is holding a special one night only advanced screening on Halloween Eve. Approximately 400 theaters across the U.S. will take part in the screening. Major theater chains participating include AMC theaters, Cinemark, Regal, and many more.
Tickets are available right now via this link.