In the year with number of memorable horror entries, easily one of the most anticipated films of the genre is Michael Flanagan’s adaptation of the Stephen King bestseller Doctor Sleep. The latest trailer for the highly anticipated film dropped this week, and we’ve got it right here:
The continuation of The Shining (1980), Doctor Sleep, tells the story of a now adult Danny Torrance (Ewan McGregor) who is deeply impacted by the events of the Overlook Hotel and who is consequently trapped within a heightened space of trauma. Hoping for a life with the possibility of peace and healing, Torrance is forced to face his demons and powers as he meets a young girl who shares his power of the “shine.” Consequentially, this young girl is in grave danger as a cult known as “The True Knot” seek to lure children with psychological and other-worldly powers.
In a year that began with new releases from horror masters including M. Night Shyamalan (Split, The Sixth Sense) with Glass and Jordan Peele (Get Out) with Us, the release of Doctor Sleep has become so much more than a Stephen King adaptation or the sequel to The Shining, arguably one of the greatest horror films of all time and of Stanley Kubrick’s legendary career.
Excitingly, Doctor Sleep is a new film from horror auteur Michael Flanagan.
As evident in the trailers scope, which highlights Danny’s atmospheric return to the Overlook Hotel and sweeping aerial shots of small-town USA that often lives within the pages of Stephen King novels, Doctor Sleep is Flanagan at the next level of his engrossing career as a writer and director. From his 2011 indie directorial debut Absentia to the Netflix popular features of Hush (2016) and Stephen King adaptation Gerald’s Games (2017), to the phenomenally successfully Netflix series The Haunting of Hill House, Dr. Sleep looks to have provided Flanagan with a larger canvas in which to reach deeply into King’s exploration of childhood trauma and the fragmentation of American mythology, which is at the epicentre of the author’s body of literary work.
Understanding the calm and eeriness required to cultivate the heavy pulse of a true horror experience, Flanagan looks to have shaped an adaptation that both pays homage to the original classic film all while finding new life of its own. Hoping to find himself and become anew, Danny Torrance portrayed by a burden heavy Ewan McGregor, is visibly broken man. Interestingly, shaped by family horror, Danny looks to become a surrogate father to a young girl in need of guidance, understanding and protection. All things that he never had from his own father.
Arriving in theaters on November 8, the Warner Bros. release looks to continue the horror genre’s dominance at the 2019 box-office and the haunting legacy of Kubrick’s original masterpiece.
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