Devotees of Stephen King have had a big year, with an absolute deluge of King adaptations hitting both the big and small screens. “It Chapter Two.” “Pet Sematary.” “In the Tall Grass.” “Castle Rock” season 2. Probably something else I’m forgetting because Box Office Mojo no longer helps when I need to remember all the Stephen King movies. And now, finally, “Doctor Sleep.”
“Doctor Sleep” takes place 40 years after the events of “The Shining,” and we see Ewan McGregor as Danny Torrance, who is plagued by the memories of the Overlook Hotel and his own alcohol abuse issues. However, he soon meets Abra, (Kyliegh Curran), who has the same gift he does. At the same time, a cult called The True Knot, led by Rose the Hat (Rebecca Ferguson) is looking for new children to kidnap for something sinister. Mike Flanagan directed and also wrote the screenplay.
So after enjoying the two and a half hours of “Doctor Sleep,” should you stick around till the end of the credits, in the hopes of seeing some kind of bonus scene? Not that we think that a sequel is coming, since King didn’t write a follow-up. But maybe, since we’re in one of the busiest times ever for adaptations of his work, they might tease some other Stephen King adaptation. Or, you know, maybe even just to slip in one more scene to haunt you when you go to bed after watching it.
Whatever rationale we might dream up for there being a post-credits scene, the answer is, unfortunately, that “Doctor Sleep” has no post-credit or mid-credit scene. Once the movie is over and the credits begin, there’s no more content for you to watch.
Of course, it’s always nice to stick around for the credits anyway, because a lot of people worked a lot of hours to bring this cursed picture to life. But if you absolutely need to bail as soon as the movie proper has ended, then you can do just that without worrying about whether you’re missing something important.
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Where does ”Doctor Sleep“ place among the many big-screen adaptations of the horror master’s work?
Stephen King isn't just an author by this point: He's an institution, a legacy of classic horror stories that capture our imaginations, fuel our nightmares, and speak -- when he's at his best -- to our shared experiences as flawed, emotional beings. The best King stories scare so many of us that we all feel connected, and even the worst are usually pretty fun.
King's books and short stories quickly became hit movies, many of them celebrated in their time, and some flopped so hard that hardly anybody remembers them. Cataloguing every adaptation might be a fool's errand, so we made some tough choices and decided to focus only on his theatrical releases.
And even then, there are so many King adaptations that it gets tricky. The sequels to King's work rarely have anything to do with the source material, so they're all disqualified (even though some, like Larry Cohen's prescient anti-fascist monster drama "A Return to Salem's Lot," are genuinely interesting). We also cut King some slack and removed "The Lawnmower Man" from our watch list, since he fought to have his own name removed from the film and won.
(There are also some adaptations that are simply difficult to find in America, like the Indian adaptions of "Misery" and "Quitter's, Inc." -- "Julie Ganapathi" and "No Smoking" -- but we tried. We promise we tried.)
Even with all those caveats we felt one particular film deserved a quasi-official, honorable mention. Before we rank into every theatrically-released Stephen King adaptation let's give out one honorable mention...