I went into Doctor Sleep, 8.1/10, with a great sense of trepidation after nearly 40 years on from The Shining. Mike Flanagan had a tightrope to walk on in order to pay homage to Kubrick and please King yet I don’t think he failed on either level. Doctor Sleep was phenomenal, my heart raced with every slow turning door handle and eerie pause.
An older, down and out Danny meets a young girl with similar supernatural powers to his own. As he tries to protect her from a cult known as The True Knot who prey on children with powers to remain immortal, he must revisit his horrifying past.
The spine chilling soundtrack accompanied by an ominously paced narrative had my palms sweating. The fear stricken face of Ewan McGregor mirrored that of my own and it was only the resilience of the young but brilliant Kyliegh Curran that kept the sanity. An extended insight into what those who Shine can do was executed brilliantly and the creative depiction of people’s minds was mesmerising. On a whole, I think Doctor Sleep works well on many levels: as a follow on from The Shining, a stand alone feature and as a horror. Be sure to check this out on the big screen for its full unsettling effect.
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Entertainment (of its genre): 9/10
Overall rating….. 8.1/10
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