Shot by Shot with the ‘Doctor Sleep’ Trailer

Mike Flanagan’s long-awaited adaptation of Stephen King’s sequel to ‘The Shining’ will send a shiver down your spine.
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By  · Published on June 13th, 2019

The room shatters and causes Danny to fall out of bed. When he regains his bearings, he spots a message on his cracked mirror: REDRUM. This is “murder’ spelled backward, and it’s a chilling callback to Kubrick’s film.

The trailer cuts to Abra Stone (Kyliegh Curran). Like Torrance, she appears to have been woken up suddenly in the middle of the night. McGregor’s narrator voice says “Just talk to the kid” in his traditional Scottish accent. How Danny developed this accent remains unknown, but as a Scotsman, I feel represented.

Cut to Danny and Abra discussing their special ability. “You’re magic, like me?” she asks him. That’s one way to describe their gift.

“The world’s a hungry place…a dark place,” the narrator says over scenes that introduce us to the True Knot, the nomadic villains of the piece. They go around feeding on the abilities of those who have the gift of the shining. The woman in the hat is called Rose the Hat (Rebecca Ferguson), and she’s the leader of the gang.

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