Following up a movie that’s as iconic as The Shining was never going to be an easy task, but director Mike Flanagan isn’t one to shy away from a difficult challenge. Doctor Sleep, the sequel to the iconic 1980 film as well as an adaptation of Stephen King’s 2013 book of the same name, mines from both Stanley Kubrick’s film and the author’s novel for inspiration. Given that The Shining took creative liberties with King’s words, we can expect this movie to take some unexpected turns as well.
The story follows an adult Danny Torrance (Ewan McGregor) as he battles with alcoholism and trauma until he meets a teenage girl with similar abilities to his. They pair up to battle a group of psychic vampires who want to use their powers for their own nefarious purposes, but more on that later.
The trailer is also littered with references to the 1980 film, all of which Flanagan and his team recreated from scratch using Kubrick’s original blueprints. As you’ll see, their attention to detail is mightily impressive, and if we didn’t know any better, we’d just assume that they digitally remastered the original footage.
With this in mind, let’s take a look at the revealing new trailer and break down some of its key scenes.
The trailer opens with Danny Torrance returning to the Overlook Hotel.
The place hasn’t changed since Danny’s last visit as a kid. It’s been closed down and left to rot. The “REDRUM” graffiti still exists, as does the hole that his father made with an ax when he tried to kill Danny and his mother. This must bring back some painful memories.
In the first reference to The Shining, we are reintroduced to the Grady twins. These spooky sisters have a history with Danny, and they’re looking forward to catching up with him as an adult.