It's well-known that Stephen King will never stop dunking on Stanley Kubrick's movie version of his bestselling 1977 horror novel The Shining. Apparently that only goes so far, though—in this first trailer for the movie Doctor Sleep—based on King's 2013 sequel to the first novel—the imagery pretty much screams Kubrick homage. In fact some clips are straight out of the original trailer for his film.
Not that there's anything wrong with that. Watch the video and you'll see, those visual callbacks work to a goosebump-inducing degree.
In Doctor Sleep, psychic boy wonder Danny Torrance has grown into Ewan McGregor's Daniel Torrance, and life hasn't gone that great for the guy. It turns out being a psychic boy whose father went mad and tried to kill him and his mom isn't conducive to a healthy adulthood.
Torrance has grown into the kind of guy who tosses out positive affirmations like "The world's a hungry place. A dark place."
The movie's synopsis:
Still irrevocably scarred by the trauma he endured as a child at the Overlook, Dan Torrance has fought to find some semblance of peace. But that peace is shattered when he encounters Abra, a courageous teenager with her own powerful extrasensory gift, known as the “shine.” Instinctively recognizing that Dan shares her power, Abra has sought him out, desperate for his help against the merciless Rose the Hat and her followers, The True Knot, who feed off the shine of innocents in their quest for immortality.
Forming an unlikely alliance, Dan and Abra engage in a brutal life-or-death battle with Rose. Abra’s innocence and fearless embrace of her shine compel Dan to call upon his own powers as never before—at once facing his fears and reawakening the ghosts of the past.
Sequels often seem like soulless money grabs, and unfortunately they often are. But it feels like this one was merited.
We won't know for sure, though, until Doctor Sleep is in theaters on November 8, 2019.