First ‘Doctor Sleep’ Trailer Reveals Mike Flanagan’s ‘The Shining’ Sequel

Carla Harmon
June 14, 2019

Danny still possesses the "shining" abilities that the Overlook's phantoms were after, and he is still traumatized by the horrific events that took place at the isolated hotel when he was a young boy.

The Shining has remained one of the most notable Stephen King novels and adaptations for decades, being quoted, parodied, and loved by horror fans ever since their respective releases.


The just-released trailer for Doctor Sleep, the Warner Bros. sequel to Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, is not for the meek - but neither is the notion of making a sequel to a Kubrick film.

Redrum returns in "Doctor Sleep". Doctor Sleep is both written and directed by Mike Flanagan, of "The Haunting of Hill House" fame and director of the other Stephen King film Gerald's Game, which means this is in good hands.


"We used a lot of the lessons that Kubrick taught us about how to do a psychological thriller", he said, while adding the movie was "ferociously protective" of King's text.

Adding to the slew of iconic horror reboots hitting theaters as of late, the world got its first glimpse at Doctor Sleep, the highly anticipated sequel to The Shining. But that peace is shattered when he encounters Abra, a courageous teenager with her own powerful extrasensory gift, known as the "shine".


Abra seeks out Danny so he might help protect her from Rose the Hat [Ferguson], who feeds off the shine of innocents in their quest for immortality. Abra's innocence and fearless embrace of her shine compel Dan to call upon his own powers as never before - at once facing his fears and reawakening ghosts of the past. "I don't want to spoil... what we've been able to revisit from Kubrick's world, but I can say that everything that we made a decision to use, our intention was always to detail and reference and making sure that we were doing it properly, with the hope that even kind of the most rabid cinephiles might not be able to tell the difference". These include the terrifying identical twins and a familiar-looking door in which a huge hole has been carved out.

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