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Ewan McGregor in Shining sequel Doctor Sleep

Watch the creepy new trailer for The Shining sequel

Mike Flanagan’s Doctor Sleep is set 40 years after the original

Here’s Johnny! The final trailer for the sequel to Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 psychological horror, The Shining, has dropped ahead of its November release date. Called Doctor Sleep, the Mike Flanagan-directed film is an adaption of Stephen King’s 2013 novel of the same name, and takes place 40 years after the events of The Shining.

It follows Danny Torrance (played by Ewan McGregor) as a grown-up version of the creepy Redrum kid from the original film, and the son of Jack Nicholson’s character, who is driven to madness by supernatural happenings at the Overlook Hotel. Returning to the scene of his trauma, Danny attempts to “find some semblance of peace” but comes across Abra, a young girl with psychic abilities, much like Danny’s in the original.

While the sequel definitely has similar visual cues to Kubrick’s The Shining (disclaimer: the creepy twins are still there), Flanagan maintains that Doctor Sleep is its “own thing”. He says: “The heart and soul of the movie, and the reason we wanted to make it at all, was really about this new story between Dan and Abra.” 

Based on Stephen King’s 1977 novel, The Shining, tells the story of Jack Torrance, a winter caretaker at the isolated Overlook Hotel in Colarado, in an attempt to cure his writer’s block. He moves in with his wife, Wendy, and his son, Danny, who begins to experience psychic premonitions. In a claustrophobic feat of hysteria, Jack begins to discover the hotel’s dark secrets and starts unravelling into a homicidal maniac.

Watch the trailer for Doctor Sleep below.