Doctor Sleep adaptation coming from Gerald's Game director Mike Flanagan

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César Hernández-Meraz

Wants to be Nick, ends up as Larry
May 19, 2015
Aguascalientes, Mexico
It's almost here. I want to watch it soon.

Sadly, I spoiled the identity of a certain character to my boyfriend. He has started the book some time ago, but he did not finish it (because he got busy with other things). When I watched the trailer with him I felt the need to comment about certain decisions of the director and I did not think before I said something I should not have.


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Sep 8, 2011
The Netherlands
It seems I didn't have to worry. The first reactions from journalists and critics have been overly positive. It looks like Flanagan has done what seemed impossible: create something that lives up to Kubrick's film, but also is a good film on its own terms. And what I hoped for, seems true: Rebecca Ferguson seems to be brilliant as Rose the Hat.


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Mar 1, 2009
Wonder how SK feels about all that Kubrick imagery, based on his often stated disdain for Stanley Kubrick's The Shining? Guess as long as the check clears...


Finally Uber!
Aug 14, 2009
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
I saw Doctor Sleep last Thursday night, I was pleasantly surprised at how good it was. Very well-made, excellent performances, and felt like a true sequel to The Shining that needed to be told. Only reservation is that it is quite long, two hours and 30 minutes, but I liked that they used this time at the beginning to establish the depth of the characters. Despite the length it does a great job of creating tension throughout, without resorting to jump scares.

If you're a fan of the 1980 version of The Shining, this is an absolute must-see in the theater. I was pretty geeked out about returning to The Overlook Hotel nearly 40 years later, and it was cool to see they gave original 1980 film child actor Danny Lloyd a small cameo role as a grownup at a baseball game! At a convention a couple years ago, I had talked to Danny about the possibility of being in the movie, and he said he'd be up for it if they contacted him...I guess they did!


Marty Coslaw

Low-BDNF Gork
May 19, 2018
This is absolutely one of the best horror movies of 2019, and because of Flanagan's writing, one of the best King adaptations ever. There are some substantial changes to the plot that were necessary in order to make the movie a sequel to Kubrick's film (which is different from the novel), but they all worked for me. It still felt very loyal to the original(s) in spirit and in concept. Great to see on the big screen! All future adaptation rights should go to Flanagan!


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Sep 8, 2011
The Netherlands
Here's some reasons why it isn't doing better:

I'm still surprised though, because the original is so iconic. And very recently it was featured extensively in Ready Player One also, to make even more people aware of it.

I can't wait to see it, but I like watching films at home more in general. Because I tend to get more out of them at home somehow. I think there is much more distraction in a cinema, where you tend to look at other filmgoers, or get distracted by sounds they make or when they say something, or look at their phones and things like that.
Although cinemas have gotten better here when Pathé took over.
I also hate the long wait for the blu-ray when I like the film. And often they put beautifully designed title sequences at the end of a film, but everybody is then getting up and walking in front of the screen.