Ask anyone who truly has an appreciation for the art of film and they’ll tell you that Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining is a horror masterpiece. It’s a film so well executed those film scholars and lecturers are still having debates about its themes and true meaning today. In fact, there any many who would argue that the film shaped the genre into what it is today. With all that said, director Mike Flanagan is brave enough to take a shot at directing a sequel based on Stephen King’s 2013 novel follow-up using elements from Kubrick’s film. And boy, it’s a tall order.
Mike Flanagan, of course, is no slouch. He’s delivered the horror goods with films like Hush, Gerald’s Game, and the TV series The Haunting of Hill House. But even still, he has his work cut out for him here.
The supernatural-heavy trailer has a few bumps and scares, and, surprisingly, recreates scenes from Kubrick’s The Shining and even uses the original score, but does it do enough to convince fans? Ewan McGregor is great as an older Dan Torrance, but I’m still holding my breath. I, personally, need to see more in order to be completely convinced.
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.
The film also stars Kyliegh Curran, Carl Lumbly, Zahn McClarnon, Emily Alyn Lind, Bruce Greenwood, Jocelin Donahue, Alex Essoe and Cliff Curtis.