BY: GABY MORENO
Movie: Doctor Sleep
Main Cast: Ewan McGregor, Rebecca Ferguson, Kyliegh Curran, Zahn McClarnon and Cliff Curtis
“Years following the events of “The Shining,” a now-adult Dan Torrance must protect a young girl with similar powers from a cult known as The True Knot, who prey on children with powers to remain immortal.”
New Horror Rule: Don’t let your arrogance cloud your judgement, it can be a deadly mistake!
Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,
Today I will be reviewing the film, “Doctor Sleep” which is a sequel to Stephen King’s book The Shining and a sequel to Stanley Kubrick’s cult classic by the same name. I went to see this film in theaters twice. There are a lot of mixed reviews, but I loved it! Some say The Shining casted a giant shadow on this film, but I disagree. I feel like the Director Mike Flanagan did an amazing job! I am in love with his work from The Haunting of Hill House to Ouija: Origin of Evil. His use of angles and imagery is captivating!
This film gave me Inception vibes mixed with horror elements. My favorite character was Abra who in my opinion stole the show. I loved her, she was a badass kid with the ultimate shining powers! She also had the balls that Danny didn’t. She was not afraid to go after the True Knots. The cast was great as well, Cliff Curtis was amazing as Dan’s friend. Rose the Hat was an okay villain, I liked Crow Daddy played by dope actor Zahn McClarnon who is also in one of my favorite shows called Westworld. We also get a more modernized remake of The Shining score. We get the famous ominous horns and the eerie anticipation that something bad is about to happen.
This film definitely pays homage to The Shining, the finale takes us back to the Overlook Hotel where all the horrors started. For those Shining fans you get a trip down scary memory lane. I loved how they weren’t censored when it came to filming a controversial murder of a child. We got a bit of that in the movie It (2017) with Georgie’s arm being torn off by Pennywise the Clown and even then it wasn’t that graphic. I always appreciate when Directors and writers aren’t afraid to show something that normally hasn’t been done before or break the mold. I definitely recommend checking out this film! I was never really fan of The Shining to be honest. In my defense I was a kid when I watched it and maybe I didn’t fully grasp the film’s intention, but this film made me want to go back and rewatch it!
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