These days it seems like every single movie that comes out is a sequel, or if not that it's part of some sort of "cinematic universe." That being said, we were still pretty shocked when we heard that there was going to be a sequel to the classic Stanley Kubrick horror thriller "The Shining."
Not only has it been 39 years since the original was released, but how in the world are you going to follow up what is thought to be one of the greatest horror films of all time? Saying that director Mike Flanagan ("The Haunting of Hill House," "Hush") has some pretty massive expectations to meet with "Doctor Sleep" is likely the understatement of the century.
The film is based on the Steven King novel that takes place a couple of decades after the events depicted in "The Shining." We get to meet Danny Torrance as an adult and it quickly becomes apparent that his experience at the Overlook Hotel left some lifelong scars on his psyche. Not only does he have to carry the memories of his father turning murderous after far too much work and not enough play, but Danny continues to be haunted by the ghost of the woman in Room 237.
Danny turns to alcohol in order to cope, giving him a metaphorical demon to wrestle with in addition to the actual ones in his head. This is the state that we find him in at the beginning of the film. In no time a plot unravels involving The Shining (the powers that Torrance struggles to understand as a child) and a secret cult called The True Knot. That's as much as we can tell you without spoiling anything.
All work and no tattoos makes Jack a dull boy... so let's go back in time to 1980 and check out some killer "The Shining" tattoos before we rush to the theaters to see "Doctor Sleep" on Friday, November 8th.