From the Dark Tower to Nightmare on Elm Street.
Unsurprisingly, Doctor Sleep is a movie that draws from multiple legacies–and as such, has plenty of opportunities for Easter Eggs, references, and callbacks to not only The Shining in both of its forms but the entire pantheon of Stephen King’s horror–and the horror genre in general. It’s jam-packed with winks and nods to King’s history, shout-outs to Stanley Kubrick, and even some carefully placed self-references from writer/director Mike Flanagan himself.
With that in mind, consider this your spoiler warning–not just for Doctor Sleep, the movie, but for the novel, and both versions of The Shining as well. Though, if you’ve somehow made it this far with no knowledge of The Shining, we seriously applaud you. That must have taken some real dedication.
Doctor Sleep follows the grown-up Danny Torrance, now going by Dan, as he copes with his psychic gifts (his “shine”) into adulthood and, eventually, comes face-to-face with an entirely new threat. The True Knot, a band of quasi-vampiric, semi-immortal monsters who feed on the psychic energy released upon death, or “steam,” have set their sights on a young girl who physically connects with Dan. Now he must reckon with the ghosts of his past to save her–and return to some of the most traumatic and horrifying places of his childhood in the process.
Doctor Sleep is in theaters now.