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Day: November 8, 2019

Review: Doctor Sleep (2019)
Movie Review

Review: Doctor Sleep (2019)

To call Doctor Sleep a direct sequel for Stanley Kubrick's The Shining might somehow be unfair. Based on Stephen King's 2013 novel of the same title—which indeed is a sequel, this silver-screen adaptation takes the visual references from Kubrick's film. Here's the complication. King openly sounds his disagreement upon Kubrick's adaptation, citing their contrasting beliefs on some characters' motivation to be the source. However, King also approves the harrowing imagery the director had created1. Writer/director/editor Mike Flanagan (one of the finest working horror-directors for Oculus, Hush, Before I Wake, Ouija: Origin of Evil, Gerald's Game, The Haunting of Hill House) takes those complications as an advantage; hence, his excellent, blockbuster-y adaptation. Doctor Sleep sets in the...

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