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Doctor Sleep featurette: director Mike Flanagan chats to Stephen King


If you're looking for a big-screen Halloween treat, then Doctor Sleep is the movie for you. This spooky Stephen King chiller is the long-awaited follow-up to classic 1980 horror The Shining, itself based on a King novel, and adapted for cinema by Stanley Kubrick.

Ewan McGregor stars as the older Danny Torrance (played as a kid by Danny Lloyd), who is still haunted by the memories of his deceased father Jack (portrayed in The Shining by Jack Nicholson) and the terrifying Overlook Hotel. As he grapples with his psychic shining abilities, Danny is contacted by young girl Abra (Kyliegh Curran) who shares the same 'gift' as him. But they're under threat from the menacing True Knot cult, led by sinister Rose the Hat (Rebecca Ferguson) who seeks to harvest people's shining powers.

Doctor Sleep director Mike Flanagan was presented with an interesting challenge: build on the legacy of the original novel of The Shining, and also continue the story from Kubrick's movie, which King famously disliked. 

Oculus and Absentia helmer Flanagan was therefore compelled to thread the needle and honour the spirit of two very different creative souls. Check out the following behind the scenes video in which he chats to King about the challenges of getting the author on board while doing justice to a multi-faceted horror legacy.

Click here to book your tickets for Doctor Sleep, opening in Cineworld cinemas on 31st October.