Doctor Sleep is a 2019 American horror film, based on the 2013 novel of the same name by Stephen King, a sequel to King’s 1977 novel The Shining. The film, following up the 1980 film adaptation of The Shining, directed by Stanley Kubrick, is set several decades after the events of the original, and combines elements of the 1977 novel as well. Doctor Sleep is written, directed, and edited by Mike Flanagan. It stars Ewan McGregor as Danny Torrance, a man with psychic abilities who struggles with childhood trauma. Rebecca Ferguson, Kyliegh Curran (in her feature film debut), and Cliff Curtis have supporting roles.
Flanagan hits this film out of the park. If you loved his work on Netflix’s “The Haunting of Hill House,” you will love this! Rebecca Ferguson is magnetic in her portrayal of Rose The Hat, the leader of the film’s group of antagonists The True Knot. Ewan McGregor’s turn as Danny Torrance is also very well done but it’s newcomer Kyliegh Curran who is the star of the film. The character of Abra Stone could have been disastrous in a lesser child actor’s hands. However, the power and confidence Curran brings to the role isn’t something you typically see from first-time actresses.
The film goes from a haunting tale of cat and mouse and descends into a brutal bloodbath by the end of the film. A lot of people get whacked and even the kids aren’t safe! There is one horrific murder scene that involved a kid that is straight-up traumatizing!
The third act of the film takes us back to the Overlook Hotel (from The Shining) where Danny and Abra make their final stand against Rose. It’s a scary and satisfying conclusion to a very well-paced story.
The film runs a little long but the characters and the plot are so well done you don’t really notice. I would have preferred to have seen this done as a mini-series just so I could have lived in this world with these characters a little bit longer.
With that said, HipsterZOMBIEJoint highly recommends Doctor Sleep!