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The Shining

We love/hate a horror movie just as much as the next person.

While it might seem like a good idea to scare ourselves silly, in bed alter that night when we're convinced our dressing gown is a masked murderer..not so much.

So we are buzzing that Stephen King is having a moment in the cinema and sh*tting ourselves at the same time.

Yes, the latest horror flick to hit the screens is Dr. Sleep, the sequel to the Jack Nicholson masterpiece that is The Shining

And Danny Torrance is all grown-up. 

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Ewan MacGregor takes on the role and from the eerie trailer, it seems that he is quite like his dad Jack.

In fairness, anyone who went through what he did as a kid at The Overlook Hotel would be haunted forever, right?

So what's the plot?

Based on the 2003 Stephen King novel, Danny is struggling with addiction, just as his dad had, is trying to move on with his life.

But he realises that he isn't the only one with the power to relate to dead people, or as he calls it "the shine."

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There's a young girl, who like him and to get them both answers, he might have to make another visit to the Overlook Hotel where his dad lost his mind all those years ago. 

Doctor Sleep is directed by the creator of Netflix's The Haunting Of Hill House, Mike Flanagan so we know we're in for a good time.

It's a new movie but there are flashbacks to the original 1980s flick like the iconic blood and elevator scene.


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There are other scenes taken from the original like Danny as a kid cycling through the halls of the Overlook – but they were filmed in an  Atlanta studio last year. 

Diehard fans will know this is not a direct sequel to the movie, it's a sequel to the novel. 

Stephen King told Entertainment Weekly a few years ago that, ''Doctor Sleep is a sequel to the novel. It’s not a sequel to the Kubrick film.''

He continued, ''At the end of the Kubrick film, the Overlook is still there. It just kind of freezes. But at the end of the book, it burns down.''

We can't WAIT to see what happens when it hits cinemas on November 8 and we'll get ready to not be able to sleep for a week. 


When we think of thrillers, horror and books that psychologically messed us up – Stephen King's name comes to mind. 

He is the King (sorry, couldn't help the pun), of creating some of the darkest worlds and fantasies, such as IT and The Shining.

His book Pet Sematary has once again been adapted into a film, after it was adapted from the book in 1989. 

The remake got the go ahead in December and the trailer alone will have you hopping out of your seat.

The spooky tale follows a family that has relocated out of Boston, and bought a beautiful house with a whole forest as a back garden – sounds lovely, right? – WRONG.

Jason Clarke stars as a doctor, Louis Creed who is initially very happy that his family is now living in the country, until tragedy strikes when their toddler dies in a car accident.

Actor John Lithgrow takes on the role of their friendly neighbour, Jud Crandall, who shows them the forest or rather the misspelled "pet sematary".

Little do they know it contains the power to bring anything that was buried there back to life – enter the creepy.  

Lithgrow tells the audience in the trailer to the beat of some freaky drums: "It was a myth. Kids used to dare each other to go into the woods at night. They knew the power of that place. They feared it. Those woods belong to something else … The ground is bad…"

"It maybe just some crazy folk tale But there is something out in those woods. Something that brings things back. Sometimes dead is better." – Grim.

To add in the extra chill factor, it shows children masked as animals carrying a rather large cross through the woods…Oh – and their family cat is back from the dead.


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Prepare yourself this April for what looks to be a terrifying watch.

And if you loved the smash hit, IT – this movie will probably be right up your alley. 



The Shining will go down in history as one of the most frightening films in cinematic history.

From those damn twins to that hideous hall of blood, Stanley Kubrick's 1980 classic is a movie which set Jack Nicholson apart from almost every other actor of his time.

Transitioning from the archetypal family man to a deranged individual intent on ending his wife's life, Jack's performance as Jack Torrance hit its peak when he smashed through the bathroom door growling: "Here's Johnny!"

Axe in hand, Jack epitomised every person's worst nightmare, and it looks like preparing for the scene was as intense as the viewer might expect.

Hitting YouTube yesterday, Jack can be seen talking frantically to himself, jumping up and down, and sprinting on the spot as crew members milled through the set in preparation for the scene's take.

And then it begins…