There are some films out there that didn’t get the recognition that they deserve at their time of release. One perfect example of this is the horror classic The Shining. This 1980’s horror film was based off of the 1977 novel by Stephen King and was directed by Stanley Kubrik and starred Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers and Danny Lloyd. The film was even a significant part in Ready Player One and a lot of scenes and some quotes are well known in pop culture. In 2013 King wrote a sequel to The Shining called Doctor Sleep, which was also adapted into a film directed by Mike Flanagan and stars Ewan McGregor, Rebecca Ferguson and Alexandra Essoe.
In honor of this via MovieWeb we have learned that The Shining is going to be returning to theaters for two nights in it’s newly restored 4K version. Via the Fandango Twitter account they Warner Bros. has released a new poster that is full of some of the most recognizable moments from the film. You can check it out below!
The Shining will return to theaters—in 4K!—for two nights only, in anticipation of the sequel, #DoctorSleepMovie
Heeeeeeeeere's the tickets: https://t.co/gewOCqdpbG pic.twitter.com/PRPOGA4npF
— Fandango (@Fandango) September 22, 2019
The most noticeable aspect of the poster is the outline of Jack Torrance, played by Nicholson, with his bloody ax. The white background reminds us of the blanket of snow that had fell on the Overlook Hotel. Inside the center of the silhouette of Jack we see the outline of young Danny riding his tricycle in the hallways of the hotel. Above him we see the the hotel from the film and underneath him we see some of Jack’s typed up pages that he spent so many hours working on that read “all work and no play make Jack a dull boy”. These images are all in grey tones that are accented by a red sky and hallway.
Along with that the poster also reveals that tickets for Doctor Sleep will be going on sale beginning on October 25th. If you make the time to attend one of the screenings on Thursday, September 26th or Tuesday October 1st, you will also be treated to a sneak peek of Doctor Sleep. In case you haven’t seen the trailer for the film here it is below!
As you can see the trailer for Doctor Sleep is very heavy on The Shining references. Everything from actual footage from the original film to McGregor putting his face through the iconic hole that Jack had made with his ax in the bathroom. Doctor Sleep is produced by Trevor Macy and Jon Berg with Roy Lee, Scott Lumpkin, Akiva Goldsman and Kevin McCormick serving as executive producers.
Here is the synopsis for Doctor Sleep:
“Doctor Sleep” continues the story of Danny Torrance, 40 years after his terrifying stay at the Overlook Hotel in The Shining. Ewan McGregor, Rebecca Ferguson and newcomer Kyliegh Curran star in the supernatural thriller, directed by Mike Flanagan, from his own screenplay based upon the novel by Stephen King.
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.
What do you think of the poster for the re-release of The Shining? Let us know in the comment section below!
The Shining will be re-released in selected theaters on September 26th and October 1st. Warner Bros. Pictures’ Doctor Sleep hits theaters November 8th, 2019.
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