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Horror specialist Mike Flanagan takes up the impossible task of making Doctor Sleep, a sequel to both one of the greatest horror films ever made and the early Stephen King novel it was adapted from (but never exactly got along with). Film critic Bob Chipman says it’s a fascinating hybrid of the two masters’ visions that affected him in an unusually personal way — but what else does he have to say about the long-awaited follow-up to The Shining?

This is Escape to the Movies, talking about Doctor Sleep.

Bob Chipman
Bob Chipman is a critic and author.

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    17 Comments

    1. “So this… is a lot.”

      I’d expect no less from Stephen King.

    2. I’m blown away by Bob going off-script to discuss how The Shining struck a cord with his late father. It must’ve been difficult to watch Doctor Sleep given the subject matter it was addressing with Danny and his father Jack.

      Thank you for having the courage to talk about this, Bob.

    3. I’m blown away by Bob going off-script to discuss how The Shining struck a cord with his late father. It must’ve been difficult to watch Doctor Sleep given the subject matter it was addressing with Danny and his father Jack.

      Thank you for having the courage to talk about this, Bob.

    4. Wow. This was a moving review. Thank you for sharing this with us, Bob. I hope both the movie and making this review were cathartic for you.

    5. Oh, wow. This movie and The Shining really hit Bob hard about his dad. I could see him struggle to keep it together in the off-script part. I can relate; both “Guardians of the Galaxy” movies struck that same chord to my, my brother, and our dad, about my mom. Who died of the same cancer that killed Peter Quill’s mom. Thanks for sharing that, Bob.
      Now I can’t even make a Simpson “Shinning” joke.

    6. Oh, wow. This movie and The Shining really hit Bob hard about his dad. I could see him struggle to keep it together in the off-script part. I can relate; both “Guardians of the Galaxy” movies struck that same chord to my, my brother, and our dad, about my mom. Who died of the same cancer that killed Peter Quill’s mom. Thanks for sharing that, Bob.
      Now I can’t even make a Simpson “Shinning” joke.

    7. For my dad, the movie that always troubled him was Silence of the Lambs. I lost him at a young age, and the more time goes by, the more I realize how little I understood him. And the it pains me that I never will.

      I appreciate Bob getting honest about his dad. And frankly now I want to see this out of respect.

    8. Horror movie’s are not really my Scence, but I appreciate those who are passionate about them. thank you for sharing your thoughts on that Bob, and being brave enough to say “fuck it, this one is personal…”

    9. I hope you get the chance to review The Lighthouse soon, Bob.

    10. Holy shit Bob, this is a whole other level. The honesty here is just holy fuck dude. wow. This hits home. My dad showed me FMJ when I was 15. I wasn’t ready and I didn’t get it at the time and not until much later what he was trying to tell me about his experience.

    11. Its sort of interesting that you say all that considering the more depressing aspects of the movie were actually incredibly toned down from the book.

      I finally sat down and read The Shining for the first time a few months ago and…man it is difficult to categorize it as a horror story. I really got what King meant in his complaint. The book is just ..sad. Like if the dictionary definition of sad had a picture it would be the shining. In the book Dad’s perspective he believes, despite himself being an raging alcoholic and abusive human being, that he is a good person. The kid and mom have lots more speaking lines and monologs in the book and they both love him intensely. So instead of this sort of creepy Dad dissent into madness seen in the film, the book is mainly focused on the father emotionally falling apart and the family struggling to deal with it. It’s not scary so much as depressing… soooo depressing.

      The Doctor Sleep book is weird, it basically starts with the kid having ruined his life and now cleaning up his act and finding redemption. Its kind of more of a high spirited adventure for a lot of it. I didn’t like it, but Im definitely going to run out to see this based on your review. Id forgotten Mike Flanagan is the director and he’s currently my favorite working director. Sorta hoping the movie is better than the book.

      My Dad’s favorite movie is probably Duck Soup, the Marx Brothers movie. Not sure what that means.

    12. I used to like Bob, and used to respect his style and opinion.
      Now i just … love the guy. And respect him even more.
      You know why – I won’t spoil for those who haven’t seen the review.
      10/10

    13. I wished I could have just given you a hug, Bob. I lost my father too. He was an addict who struggled with a crippling drug addiction. To an unfortunate, tragic end. It affected everything. Everyone. It was all so difficult. I’m still struggling to deal with a lot of past trauma, abuse, and heartache because of it.

      I can relate so much with the idea of trying to work so hard to correct things, Be the better person you wish they could have been. Succeed where they unfortunately couldn’t. I still cry wondering whether or not I was capable of doing more to help. Make some kind of difference. Even though I was only a kid. But I’ll never know that. So the only thing I can do is to be the exception,

      My entire family is filled with substance abusers. And toxic people with problems who are too prideful to get help for. I can say with confidence still to this day I have never touched a drop of alcohol, never smoked, and never took any kind of drug in my life. And even though I am diagnosed with Bipolar disorder and struggle daily with mental health, I have tried my hardest to make some progress. Get the help I need when I need it. All that jazz.

      I still struggle, a lot. But I can’t allow myself to be the people they became. I wish things could have been different. I wish I could have had a more ideal father. Less abusive family. But I can’t change the past. I just need to make sure I’m not going to be the one repeating the same mistakes in the future.

      The way you described this movie makes me think it’s going to hit very hard for me as well with this kind of direction they took it. I wanted to see it as a horror and King fan, but now I feel I have to.

    14. thank you Bob

    15. Bob, Thanks for sharing your personal history with this movie. It’s great that this movie can respect not only King’s souce material, but also the masterpiece that is Kubrik’s The Shining

    16. This is why I keep coming back. Wit and sarcasm can go a long way in journalism, but the human element always is what makes a piece exceptional. Thank you for sharing, Bob.

    17. This is why I keep coming back. Wit and sarcasm can go a long way in journalism, but the human element always is what makes a piece exceptional. Thank you for sharing, Bob.

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