For one, Doctor Sleep feels several small eternities longer than The Shining. It suggests that it's been allowed to fall into disrepair, indicating Dan hasn't visited this bathroom in some time, or that, if it's in flashback, his memory is making it look even worse than it actually was.

We can see, though, that the carpet is a different color: Flanagan's is yellow, whereas Kubrick's is orange. As outlined by Flanagan himself, this is the only shot in the trailer that is directly taken from Kubrick's The Shining, and it's not difficult to see why. Doctor Sleep is recreating a number of iconic sequences from Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, although they're not totally identical to the original. Years following the events of The Shining (1980), a now-adult Dan Torrance must protect a young girl with similar powers from a cult known as The True Knot, who prey on … The go-to source for comic book and superhero movie fans. The way it's shot, with Dan slightly removed from the hole, does allow us to see a bit more of it, and there's a bit more of the door missing to the left, but otherwise, it appears to be more or less right. Everything else is our recreation. At 144 minutes, Stanley Kubrick’s film version of Stephen King’s 1977 horror classic The Shining clocks in at nine minutes shorter than Doctor Sleep, Mike Flanagan’s new film interpretation of King’s 2013 sequel. Through means straightforward and blunt, he’s turned a surreal simulation of succumbing to insanity into a plainly stated reminder to always be true to yourself. Arguably, the story’s focus on confronting the phantoms of the past calls for distracting touches like the off-brand doppelgängers for Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall. They vape the souls of children touched by the shine in exchange for eternal life, which makes extra-special Abra (yes, as in -cadabra) their Thanksgiving dinner. Flanagan chose to make Doctor Sleep utterly banal. Kubrick’s vision still provokes shivers because it’s so unexplained and unknowable: the sudden snap zoom to the man receiving oral sex from a masked figure in an animal costume remains a shocking, baffling question mark after all these years. It's a good book, you really have nothing to lose! Flanagan’s target audience appears to be the easily lost, judging by the diligence with which he explains every plot point and symbol to within an inch of its life. Don't watch the movie until you finish both of these books. It would really hurt my OCD if you didnt read The Shining first. The color of the wood is darker in the new film too, which might not be as trivial as it sounds.

Danny Torrance encountering the twins in a corridor of the Overlook Hotel is among the many creepy images that Kubrick so brilliantly conjured up in The Shining, and one where you can instantly see just how different Doctor Sleep's version of this scene is.

As a sequel, it's great. You can read Doctor Sleep without having read The Shining- it's definitely its own story. Danny gets back on the straight and narrow when he receives a psychic distress call from young Abra (newcomer Kyliegh Curran), another child with “the shine,” the same ESP powers Danny has. Not because you have to to be able to follow Dr Sleep (you don't), but because it is (so far) much better and Dr Sleep will soil it for you if you choose to read them in that order. The series familiarity that makes it easy to lure the pop-culturally literate to the multiplex also proves they’d be better off staying at home with the classics. Doctor Sleep is a different type of horror than The Shining, but it's still a frightful and disturbing film.

We later hear that Danny told his mother a woman attempted to strangle him inside the room, and when Jack goes to investigate, he sees a dead woman's ghost. But Flanagan’s paltry bag of tricks errs on the side of the derivative. In terms of plot, it's going to resemble King's novel, which was published back in 2013. Well said. But I can say that everything that we decided to use, our intention was always to detail and reverence, and making sure that we were doing it properly, with the hope that even the most rabid cinephiles might not be able to tell the difference with some of our frames and some of his.”. It's on my list either way, just want to know if the two stories intertwine that much. There's no escape when you're trapped in your own nightmarish memories. Doctor Sleep is a tuneless cover version of The Shining, bragged about winning by outliving Kubrick. Related: Doctor Sleep: Everything You Need To Know About The Shining Sequel. A one-stop shop for all things video games. Great to see King getting back to his roots.

The genuflections to Kubrick’s work create a strange dissonance, given that Flanagan states early and emphatically that he wants Doctor Sleep to stand on its own. I just read The Shining (ok, listened to it on an audiobook because I'm lazy and enjoy books more that way these days) for the first time because I saw an article announcing the new book. Mike Flanagan's Doctor Sleep is recreating parts of Stanley Kubrick's classic horror movie The Shining, but just how does the sequel compare? The tricycle is new as well, since it's a lighter blue in the original version, the lighting has been changed, and the scene has been reshot with a different actor in the role of Danny, which is most noticeable in the hair. Scare-for-scare, there is more content in Doctor Sleep. Here's my detailed review on Amazon. Here's another scene where Flanagan has decided to alter the framing of The Shining for Doctor Sleep, this time keeping us at a safe difference from the Overlook Hotel's nightmarish bathroom.

That’s the cruel Catch-22 of today’s franchise-obsessed Hollywood. Whereas in The Shining the green looked fresh and vibrant, Doctor Sleep's is dark and dour. It follows an older Dan Torrance (son of Jack from The Shining), who is still scarred from the events at the Overlook Hotel, but attempting to live his life anyway. At their first face-to-face meeting, he delivers a banal explanation of his gifts that make an attunement to an ambient elemental energy in the air into something closer to superpowers. It’s an age-old lesson that Shining protagonist Danny Torrance, now an adult played by Ewan McGregor, could stand to keep in mind himself. I just finished it and think it's one of the worst Kings I've ever read. On it's own, it's good.

He should be happy with Flanagan’s treatment of his writing, then, in all its literalism, heavy-handedness, and restriction of interpretation. Related: The Shining Questions We’ve Waited Over 30 Years For Doctor Sleep To Answer. More: Theory: How Doctor Sleep Has Recast Jack Nicholson In The Shining, All the latest gaming news, game reviews and trailers. Not even a little bit. There are quite a lot of references to "The Shining" so I'd read it first for continuity. King brings out the first "ghost" in Doctor Sleep within five pages. Her abilities have near-limitless untapped potential, but she’s still summoned him as the last line of defense against the nefarious Rose the Hat (Rebecca Ferguson, dressed up like Amy Sherman-Palladino) and her cult, The True Knot. I'd read The Shining first anyway- I did love Doctor Sleep, but The Shining is brilliant. Stephen King hated Stanley Kubrick’s screen adaptation of his 1977 novel The Shining. Now that I've finished both, I agree 100%. Like sleep with the lights on kind of scared. Flanagan said: "The way that it happened when Kubrick made it, the way the blood wraps and coils down at the edge of the elevator frame and bounces back on the walls – we can't recreate that.". Doctor Sleep features about an hour of buildup before Danny and Abra’s paths physically cross, following much telepathic communication, place-setting, and other slack. Never read The Shining, I've only been into King for a couple years. But I think that reading The Shining first will add more enjoyment to Doctor Sleep- not just in the "a-ha" immediate recognition of some characters/events, but in that you'll have more of an emotional connection with them. The camera angle is different, with The Shining showing it from the perspective of a young Danny and having it more tilted, whereas in Doctor Sleep it's a much straighter shot. I'm like you, I just started down the path of King and going back to his early material has been a hard trip to travel. 6 years ago. Definitely read The Shining first. Doctor Sleep Vs The Shining! During this time, Flanagan could be having fun toying with the fearful audience, misleading them to get them off guard before the conflict’s main event begins in earnest. The clever management of space and communication of interiority that brought Flanagan’s earlier King-adapted movie Gerald’s Game to life have inexplicably taken leave of him. The walls and floor are much darker, and that in turn makes the lighting more ominous. People who might have read/ are reading Doctor Sleep, should I find The Shining and read it first?

It's another that Flanagan decides to shoot from farther away, which like the bathroom suggests Danny not wanting to get too close (in The Shining, some of the angles even allow you to see Danny's head, which doesn't look like it'll be happening in Doctor Sleep). But King has spent decades knocking The Shining for taking liberties with his source text. The most obvious is the decay of the door, further showing just how far into disrepair the Overlook has fallen, with a chunk of wood missing across the second 'R' and another above the 'U'.