Doctor Sleep (2019)

Rated R because we said some things that impressionable ears won’t like to hear.

Doctor Sleep

Making a sequel to a beloved classic was always going to be tough sledding, but the talented writer/director Mike Flanagan simply couldn’t make a great movie out of Stephen King’s follow-up to The Shining. Maybe the failure with Doctor Sleep mostly lies with King’s overly detailed book and all of its subplots. Maybe it’s that we get far too much of the top-hatted Rebecca Ferguson and her fellow steam-sniffing pseudo-vampires. Or maybe it’s that there just aren’t very many real scares in this horror show. We couldn’t sneer at Ewan McGregor’s work though because he does a terrific job playing grown-up alcoholic Danny Torrance. We also liked the finale at the Overlook more than most people did. Some ups, many downs. In any case, don’t let our overall disappointment ruin your enjoyment of the 409th Ellises’ Analysis. Just crank up an omnipresent heartbeat sound effect and stuff your demons in a mind-box as we dabble in the redrum of Doctor Sleep.

Well, Actually: On second thought, Abra’s mother Lucy might be the one who’s Jack Torrance’s daughter from an affair. And if THAT’S correct, then Dan really would be Abra’s uncle.

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Links to: The Shining and The Haunting Of Hill House and The Haunting Of Bly Manor and Gerald’s Game

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