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Starring: Ewan McGregor, Rebecca Ferguson, Cliff Curtis, Kyliegh Curran, Bruce Greenwood, Zahn McClarnon, Emily Alyn Lind, Carl Lumbly
OUR RATING: ★★★½
Horror written and directed by Mike Flanagan. Doctor Sleep (2019) continues the story of Danny Torrance (Ewan McGregor), 40 years after his terrifying stay at the Overlook Hotel in The Shining. Still irrevocably scarred by the trauma he endured as a child at the Overlook, Danny has fought to find some semblance of peace. But that peace is shattered when he encounters Abra (Kyliegh Curran), a courageous teenager with her own powerful extrasensory gift, known as the “shine”. Instinctively recognizing that Danny shares her power, Abra has sought him out, desperate for his help against the merciless Rose the Hat (Rebecca Ferguson) and her followers, The True Knot, who feed off the shine of innocents in their quest for immortality. Forming an unlikely alliance, Danny and Abra engage in a brutal life or death battle with Rose. Abra’s innocence and fearless embrace of her shine compel Danny to call upon his own powers as never before, at once facing his fears and reawakening the ghosts of the past.
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Rose The Hat: [Florida 1980 – after Violet runs into Rose the Hat in the woods] You’re wondering why I’m wearing such a funny hat. I always wear this hat. So much, it’s a part of my name now. My friends, my very, very best friends, they just call me Rose the Hat.
Violet: It looks like a magician’s hat.
Rose The Hat: It is. It’s a magic hat.
Rose The Hat: And speaking of special, you’re a little magic too, aren’t you? The flower in my hand, what color is it? Oh, it’s okay, honey. You won’t scare me. I promise.
Rose The Hat: Violet, like you.
Violet: [as Rose eats the flower] You don’t eat flowers.
Rose The Hat: But you do.
Violet: But these are special.
Rose The Hat: Honey, it’s the special ones that taste best.
Dick Hallorann: [as young Danny sees the spirit of Hallorann] So you ain’t talking, huh, Doc? Weren’t talking much the first time I met you neither. A little boy, set to spend a long winter at that rotten old place. Just him and his mommy and daddy. Daddy is dark as that boy is bright. And, the boy, is he bright. He’s shining like fire, in the one place, the worst place for someone who shines. You remember the first time we really talked? When I spoke up inside your head?
Dick Hallorann: [talks to Danny through his mind] Made you feel good, right? Knowing you weren’t alone.
Young Danny: Daddy tried to kill me.
Dick Hallorann: It wasn’t all him, you got to know. That place fed his dark, like it fed on your light. And he had some light in him too. Just like you got some dark. We all got both.
Young Danny: It’s not done with me.
Dick Hallorann: Did it ever strike you funny how I showed up when I did? When you needed me? Someone did that for me too. My grandma taught me, and I taught you. And some day, Danny Torrance, you’ll teach someone else.
Young Danny: I won’t.
Dick Hallorann: Oh, you won’t, huh?
Young Danny: I won’t shine, I mean. No more. It’s dangerous.
Dick Hallorann: Reckon it is sometimes.
Young Danny: She found me. She’ll come back, and come back, until she gets me.
Dick Hallorann: You’re right. The Overlook’s condemned. Boarded up. They’re starving old ghosts, and they’re reaching out for you. Won’t stop with her either.
Young Danny: Pictures in a book. You said they were just pictures in a book and they couldn’t hurt me.
Dick Hallorann: Some things, dark things, the shining’s like food. They’re mosquitoes landing for blood. The Overlook, it was always just pictures to me. But I didn’t shine like you. Nobody shines like you. So, you in that damn hotel, you was like a million-watt battery all plugged in. And it ate it up. You made it real. Started soon as you walked through the door. Can’t do nothing about that, I’m sorry to tell you. But you’re not a child. You’re older now. Much older, in a way.
Dick Hallorann: [to young Danny] You got to hear this. World’s a hungry place. And the darkest things are the hungriest, and they’ll eat what shines. Swarm it like mosquitoes, or leeches. Can’t do nothing about that. What you can do, is turn what they come for against them.
Dick Hallorann: [referring to box he gives young Danny] I want you to know this box, inside and out. Don’t just look at it. Touch it. Stick your nose inside, and see if there’s a smell. Know every corner, every single thing.
Young Danny: Why?
Dick Hallorann: Because you’re going to build one just like it in your mind. One even more special. So next time that b**ch comes around, you’ll be ready.
Snakebite Andi: [2011 – after Rose and Crow Daddy capture Andi] So, you and your friend…
Rose The Hat: Mm, not my friend. That’s my family. We’re the True Knot, dear. The True Knot. What’s tied can never be untied.
Billy Freeman: [after Dan takes the bus to a small New Hampshire town] Not many ride the bus this far north. Unless they’re looking for work.
Dan Torrance: Yeah.
Billy Freeman: Change of scenery, or you running away from something? Oh, don’t mind me. I hope I’m… New face is all.
Dan Torrance: Yeah. Guess I’m running away from myself, I guess.
Billy Freeman: Oh, yeah. I know that look. Too well, I’m sorry to say. Running away from yourself. That is a pickle. You take yourself with you wherever you go.
Dan Torrance: Ain’t that the b**ch?
Grampa Flick: [as they are initiating Abi into their cult] We are the True Knot and we endure. We are the chosen ones. We are the fortunate ones. What is tied cannot be untied. Here is a woman. Would she join us? Would she tie her life to our life?
Rose The Hat: [to Abi] Say yes.
Dan Torrance: You said that you knew my look. Well, what did you mean?
Billy Freeman: Brother, you’re sick. You’re tired, and I can see that much. But you’re sick and tired of being sick and tired.
Dan Torrance: I need help.
Dr. John: [after Dan goes to an AA meeting and meets Dr. John] You go to church?
Dan Torrance: Does it matter?
Dr. John: Do you believe in something? Something bigger than you?
Dan Torrance: Our beliefs don’t make us better people. Our actions make us better people.
Dr. John: Do dying people bother you?
Dan Torrance: No. We’re all dying. The world is one big hospice with fresh air.
Elderly Patient: [during one of Dan’s shifts at the hospice] I’m going to die.
Dan Torrance: Yes. Let me get you someone.
Elderly Patient: No. Known it was coming. It doesn’t make it less scary.
Dan Torrance: Yeah. But maybe it’s just like you say, just going to sleep. I mean, there’s nothing scary. It’s just sleeping.
Elderly Patient: You’re a strange type of doctor.
Dan Torrance: I told you, I’m not a doctor.
Elderly Patient: Oh, I think you are. Doctor Sleep.
Elderly Patient: Doc, I am so scared it’s going to hurt, or be dark, or be nothing at all. And I don’t want to…
Dan Torrance: [uses his shining power to speak through his mind to the patient] Nothing to be scared of. Just going to sleep. Finally, true, restful sleep.
Elderly Patient: Oh, thank you. Thank you, Doc.
Dan Torrance: Look, I shouldn’t be here. Let me go get you some.
Elderly Patient: No, no, no. You’re exactly where you should be. Exactly. I see my wife.
[moment later he takes his last breath, which Dan sees leave his body, as he dies]
Charlie: [Eight years later – Dan is sober and continues his work at the hospice] I’m not scared of hell, Doc. I lived a decent life. I don’t think there is such a place anyway. I guess I’m scared there’s nothing. There was nothing before. So what if there’s nothing after?
Dan Torrance: We don’t end, Charlie. I know that for certain. I don’t know much else, but I know that we don’t end.
Crow Daddy: There used to be more steam in the world, you know?
Rose The Hat: Oh, don’t be daft. Come on. That’s like when rubes say, “Fifty years ago, people used to be more neighborly.”
Crow Daddy: But it’s true, Rosie. There’s less steam out there, and it’s weaker too. I don’t know if it’s their cell phones, or diets, or their Netflix, or what, but I am not picking up many scents these days.
Crow Daddy: [to Rose] The world’s not as steamy, and you are looking for a whale.
Rose The Hat: [referring to Abra] But I swear, Crow Daddy, I haven’t felt power like that, raw power like that in so long.
Rose The Hat: [as she senses Abra in her head] Well, hi, there.
Abra Stone: Get out! Get out! Get out of my head!
Crow Daddy: [referring to Abra as Rose plans to abduct her] Rosie, we’ve never tried that.
Rose The Hat: I know.
Crow Daddy: Because a steam head is dangerous. You keep it alive, it could be dangerous.
Rose The Hat: I know. The point, Crow, is she’s the great white whale. And I want her. I want her. I f***ing want her.
Abra Stone: [visits Dan and starts speaking to him through her mind] You can hear me.
Dan Torrance: Let’s use our outside voices, alright? You tracked me down?
Abra Stone: It was easier than I thought. Like GPS, but in my head.
Dan Torrance: Look, I don’t mean any offense, but this day and age, a grown man, sitting with a teenage girl on a park bench.
Abra Stone: I’m Abra Stone. And if anyone asks, you’re my uncle. Uncle Dan. And that’s not even a lie. Not totally. We’re related in other ways.
Abra Stone: You’re magic, like me.
Dan Torrance: I don’t know about magic. I always called it the shining. And, yeah, we both shine
Dan Torrance: When I was a kid, I didn’t understand the shining. I called it Tony. I thought he was my imaginary friend.
Abra Stone: I thought you were my imaginary friend, for a long time.
Abra Stone: How many of us are out there?
Dan Torrance: There’s a lot of people who have a little bit of shine, they don’t even know it.
Dan Torrance: But I only met two or three people in my whole life who knew they shined.
Abra Stone: The baseball boy shined. His name was Bradley Trevor. These people, they look like people anyway, they took him. And they ate him. They ate his shine.
Dan Torrance: You could feel it?
Abra Stone: And they could feel me, I think. At least one of them did. A lady. The lady with the hat.
Abra Stone: [referring to the True Knot] I want to find them, stop them, because I think they’ve done this to a lot of other kids too. So, I have to do something, right?
Dan Torrance: But why did you come here? Why me?
Abra Stone: Because you can hear me. You’d believe me. You shine too. And they hurt people like us. I mean, what would you do?
Dan Torrance: Abra, go home. Think about your school. Think about your parents. Think about the rest of your life. Don’t chase these people. Don’t aggravate them. And whatever you do, don’t attract their attention. Don’t shine. Find something, anything. Well, almost anything, to stop that shine of yours. Keep your head down, keep your shine down, and hope to God that these people, or anything like them, that they don’t see you. If they see you, they come back. Abra, do you hear me? They come back. Keep your head down. Stay safe. I’m sorry.