Doctor sleep (2019)

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Years following the events of “The Shining,” a now-adult Dan Torrance meets a young girl with similar powers as he tries to protect her from a cult known as The True Knot who prey on children with powers to remain immortal.

SHORT VERSION

Nearly 30 years after his ordeal at the Overlook Hotel, Dan Torrance has struggled with alcoholism in suppressing the horrors of his past. Now sober and working as an orderly helping dying patients, he meets a young girl named Abra Stone who shares “The Shining” with him. Abra is targeted by the True Knot and their leader, Rose The Hat, as they feed off of children with similar powers. Abra’s powers exceed that of the Knot, and so they want her dead.

Dan works with his friend Billy Freeman as Abra helps them find the body of Bradley Trevor, a young baseball player who was murdered by the cult for his shine. Abra is able to track the cult and has the men use her as bait to lure them into a trap. Dan and Billy kill off most of the cult, but one member, Andi, uses her powers to manipulate Billy into committing suicide. Rose’s right hand man Crow Daddy kidnaps Abra after killing her father, but Dan possesses Abra’s body briefly to kill Crow.

Dan and Abra make one final stand at the condemned Overlook Hotel to lure Rose there. They almost trap her, but she overpowers them. Dan then unleashes the spirits of the Overlook that he locked away in his mind to kill Rose, but after they possess him, he sends Abra out of the hotel as he burns it to the ground with himself still inside, ensuring that these spirits cannot walk the earth any longer.

Abra maintains contact with Dan’s spirit, and she too has found a way to keep the evil spirits in her head at bay.

MEDIUM VERSION

In 1980, sometime after escaping the Overlook Hotel, Danny Torrance and his mother Wendy live in Florida. Scarred by his experiences at the hotel, Danny is haunted by one of its ghosts—the rotting woman of Room 237. Through the Shining, he is taught by the ghost of Dick Hallorann to lock such ghosts in imaginary “boxes” in his mind. Meanwhile, a cult of quasi-immortals known as the True Knot, led by Rose the Hat, feed on “steam” (produced by the dying moments of people with the Shining ability) to slow their aging.

In 2011, Danny (now going by “Dan”) is still traumatized by his time at the Overlook, and has become an alcoholic to suppress his Shining. He moves to a small town and befriends Billy Freeman, who gets him a job and becomes his AA sponsor. Dan begins to rehabilitate and soon finds a job at a hospice where he uses his Shine abilities to comfort dying patients, who give him the nickname “Doctor Sleep”. He also begins receiving telepathic communications from Abra Stone, a young girl whose Shining is even more powerful than his. Meanwhile, Rose recruits a teenage girl called Snakebite Andi into her cult after observing her ability to telepathically control people.

In 2019, the True Knot are starving. They abduct a young boy named Bradley and torture him to death to extract as much steam as they can. A teenage Abra senses the event, and her distress alerts both Dan and Rose. Rose sets her sights on Abra, planning to extract her steam to sustain the cult. Realizing that Rose is after her, Abra visits Dan, who insists that she stay away and avoid drawing attention to herself. That night Rose astral-projects into Abra’s mind, but is stunned when the girl manages to trap her and briefly enters Rose’s mind. Wounded, Rose returns to her body and sends the True Knot to capture Abra.

Dan is visited by the ghost of Hallorann, who instructs him to protect Abra. Abra tells Dan what happened with Rose and says she can track the cult if she can touch Bradley’s baseball glove. Dan tells Billy about the Shining, and they travel to the murder scene and exhume Bradley’s body to retrieve his glove. They then go to Abra’s house, where they recruit her father Dave and devise a plan. Using an astral projection of Abra as bait, Dan and Billy lure the cult members out and shoot most of them dead, though Snakebite Andi telepathically manipulates Billy into killing himself before dying.

Rose’s lover, Crow Daddy, kills Dave and abducts Abra, drugging her to suppress her shine. Dan communicates with Abra, who allows him to possess her temporarily and force Crow Daddy to crash his car, killing him and freeing Abra. While Dan and Abra reunite, Rose consumes the cult’s stockpile of steam, healing her wounds and vowing revenge for their deaths. Dan decides to return to the abandoned Overlook, believing it will be as dangerous for Rose as it is for him and Abra. He starts up the hotel’s boiler and explores the building, “awakening” it in the process. Dan revisits the rooms where his father Jack, influenced by the Overlook, attempted to murder him and Wendy. At the hotel bar, Dan is offered alcohol by a bartender who strongly resembles Jack.

Once Rose arrives at the hotel, Dan and Abra confront her by pulling her into the astral plane, in the form of the Overlook’s hedge maze. After a failed attempt to trap her in one of the boxes, Dan instructs Abra to flee before being overpowered by Rose. As she drains his steam, Dan releases the Overlook’s ghosts from his boxes, who proceed to surround and kill Rose.

However, the ghosts possess Dan, who begins to hunt for Abra. When she manages to momentarily free him, he tells her to flee the hotel. Struggling with possession, Dan returns to the boiler room, which becomes engulfed in flames. In his last moment, Dan sees a vision of himself as a child being embraced by Wendy. Abra watches helplessly as the hotel burns down, killing Dan and the rampaging ghosts.

Sometime later, Abra talks to the ghost of Dan and he tells her that he is at peace. Abra’s mother Lucy learns to adjust with her daughter’s powers, especially in communicating with the spirit of her deceased husband. Abra is confronted by the ghost of the rotting woman from the Overlook, but now prepared to lock the ghost up just as Danny did.

LONG VERSION

Florida, 1981 – A little girl named Violet Hansen (Violet McGraw) is out on a camping trip with her family. One afternoon, she wanders into the woods where she finds a woman sitting alone by the lake. She introduces herself as Rose The Hat (Rebecca Ferguson), and she charms Violet with magic tricks. The girl then notices other people lurking nearby, watching them. Rose tells Violet that she has a bit of magic in her, right before she and all the other people in the woods get closer and closer to Violet.

Elsewhere, Danny Torrance (Roger Dale Floyd) is still getting over the trauma from his ordeal at the Overlook Hotel. His mother Wendy (Alex Essoe) has become concerned since he hasn’t spoken since their time there, but he still has nightmares of the spirits from the hotel, such as the Grady Twins and the Bathtub Lady (Woman in Room 237). As part of his “shine” powers, Danny can see spirits like Dick Hallorann (Carl Lumbly). He shows Danny a trick to keeping bad spirits away by showing him a box that he can use to trap them. Wendy then runs out to find Danny on the bench, but nobody is next to him.

That night, Danny and Wendy are watching TV together. Danny excuses himself to go to the bathroom, where the Bathtub Lady is waiting for him. He uses a box in his mind and manages to trap her inside. He returns to his mother and starts talking to her again.

Jump to 2011 where Dan (now played by Ewan McGregor) lives in New Jersey and is an alcoholic. He gets into a violent bar fight where he knocks a man unconscious and later hooks up with a woman from the same bar. As he wakes up in the morning, he finds the woman’s child and is put off by this.

In Long Island, a teenager named Andi (Emily Alyn Lind) meets with an older man who found her on a website. Rose and her right hand man Crow Daddy (Zahn McClarnon) are watching her from a distance. Andi is able to manipulate others to do what she says before leaving a cut on his cheek resembling a snake bite. Impressed, Rose catches Andi outside the theater and takes her with her and Crow. They take her to their hideout, where Rose tells Andi that she has special powers that work in the favor of their cult, The True Knot. Rose nicknames her “Snakebite Andi” and promises her that they can “eat well, stay young, and live long.”

Anniston, New Hampshire – Abra Stone is celebrating her 5th birthday. In the kitchen, her parents Dave and Lucy (Zackary Momoh and Jocelin Donahue) notice that Abra has somehow made a bunch of spoons float up to the ceiling. She simply says “Abra Cadabra” and makes them hit the table.

Dan arrives in Frazier, NH to start a new life. He meets and befriends a local man named Billy Freeman (Cliff Curtis), to whom Dan admits he is running away from something. Dan finds a place to stay, with Billy vouching for him to the landlord.

That night, Rose brings Andi out by the beach for a ceremony. The eldest True Knot member, Grampa Flick (Carel Struycken), leads the ceremony. Rose pulls out a canister containing the shine of Violet, presented as some kind of powerful steam. Rose feeds Violet’s shine to Andi while the other True Knot members get their share of it. Andi writhes and screams until she has absorbed the shine.

Dan has a nightmare in which he sees a spirit sleeping next to him. He goes to Billy for help, and he brings Dan to an AA meeting. After the meeting, Dan is introduced to Dr. John Dalton (Bruce Greenwood). Dan notices Dalton clutching his wrist, and then approaches him by saying that he left his watch in a bathroom, which is something only Dalton would have known. Astonished by Dan’s insight, and influenced by Billy’s good word, Dalton gives Dan a job working at the hospice, as he has some experience as an orderly.

During one night shift, Dan is mopping the floors when he notices the hospice’s cat, Azzie, going into the room of an elderly man. The man knows that whenever Azzie goes into someone’s room and sits on their bed, it’s because Azzie knows that person is going to die. The man appears frightened at first, until Dan reassures him telepathically that dying is just like going to sleep. Comforted, the man nicknames Dan “Doctor Sleep”. Within moments, the old man is gone, indicated by his breath leaving his body. When Dan returns home, he finds “Hello” written on his wall, with a smiley face in the O. He simply writes back “Hi.”

Eight years later, Dan has remained sober. During a meeting, he discusses his feelings with never having known his father, only feeling close to him whenever he drank. It made him realize that his father fought the same battle he did, but Dan has chosen to come out better. He continues his work as an orderly to tend to patients who are about to die. He also maintains contact with Abra (now played by Kyleigh Curran).

The True Knot hasn’t had a good feed in a while, relying mostly on leftovers from kids with shines that aren’t as powerful. They track a young baseball player, Bradley Trevor (Jacob Tremblay), whose shine helps him out during games. The True Knot follows him home, and Andi makes him get in their van. They take him to a secluded area where they pin him down and brutally murder him, feasting on his dying screams. Abra senses the murder and begins screaming in her home, crying to her parents that the boy has been killed. Rose is able to sense Abra’s presence there as well. referring to her as a “looker”. At this time, Dan sees “REDRUM” written on his wall. He asks Abra “Who” and she writes back “Baseball Boy”. The True Knot then buries Bradley in a shallow grave.

Abra does some research into Bradley’s disappearance. At school, she is able to hear the thoughts of her classmates. When she gets home to her room, she has visions of the True Knot and their whereabouts. She looks outside her window and floats briefly as she is connected to Rose, who is at a supermarket. Rose manages to see Abra and come into contact with her, but Abra expels Rose from her head, which causes a strong enough push to send Rose across the floor. She is amazed by this power, but also threatened by it. Rose brings this information back to Crow, stating that her shine might be too powerful for the True Knot, and so they must destroy her.

Dan and Abra eventually find each other and explain their gifts to one another, which Dan calls “The Shining”, or “Tony” since he thought it was like having an imaginary friend. Abra thought Dan was her imaginary friend. After she tells him about the True Knot, he warns her against using her shine in any way that could attract their attention.

At night while at work, Dan follows Azzie into a bedroom where he encounters Dick again for the first time since childhood. He warns Dan about what the True Knot really does, and also urges him to protect Abra since they share a connection. Dick also lets Dan know that this will be the last time he sees him.

Rose meditates and manages to get into Abra’s head while she’s asleep. She finds what looks like filing cabinets and tries digging through them, but Abra anticipated Rose would come back, so she traps her hand in the drawer, causing Rose to tear her skin as she pulls her hand out. She snaps back to her regular body and sees her injury followed her. She reports to the others that Abra set a trap for her, and so it is now clear that she has to be killed. Crow then informs Rose that Grampa Flick is “cycling.” Too weakened to keep going, he convulses until he decays, and the cult absorbs his steam.

Abra makes contact with Dan again and asks for his help in finding Bradley’s body, since she can locate the cult if she touches his baseball glove. With Billy’s help, Dan is guided by Abra to the site where the boy’s body is buried. Dan and Billy dig up the body, horrified at the discovery. They take the glove back to Abra’s house, but Dave has learned about Abra’s contact with “Uncle Dan” and thinks Dan is some kind of creep. After explaining everything to Dave and revealing their powers to him, Abra manages to track the cult and deduces their destination.

Dan and Billy go into the woods to bait the cult using Abra, who is appearing from her bedroom. Dan and Billy hide out and begin shooting at the cult members, and Rose feels the pain as each of them are killed off one by one. Billy shoots Andi, but she uses her last breaths to manipulate Billy into blowing his brains out. Meanwhile, Crow gets Abra in her home after killing Dave, and he takes her with him. Dan returns home and is able to link his mind to Abra’s and briefly possesses her. Together, they cause Crow to steer into a tree, and since he wasn’t wearing his seatbelt, he’s ejected through the windshield and is killed instantly.

Dan drives up and locates Abra. They then drive off to make their last stand at the now rundown and condemned Overlook Hotel. Dan walks through the building where his lifelong trauma was born. He finds Room 237, still with the axe markings left by Jack. Dan walks to the mezzanine and meets the bartender, Lloyd (Henry Thomas), who bears a striking resemblance to Jack, though he insists he is just Lloyd. Dan recounts how Wendy died when he was 20, and how he knew she was dying due to the flies that he would see around anyone who was close to death. Lloyd then drops the facade and channels Jack before downing the drink he offered Dan. Rose soon arrives, and Dan and Abra team up to trap Rose in the icy hedge maze. Abra manages to wound Rose by cutting her legs, but Rose overpowers them and breaks free. Abra runs while Dan faces Rose. She gets into his mind and sees all the fear and trauma he endured in that hotel, which allows her to start absorbing his shine. Rose then sees the boxes of the Overlook spirits and thinks they contain more power, but Dan instead unleashes them to use against Rose. The Grady Twins, Bathtub Lady, and other spirits surround Rose and consume her shine, destroying her for good. But they soon turn their attention to Dan and possess him. He finds Abra, but she is able to tap in and reach Dan, saying he made a stop to the boiler room. Knowing what is going to happen, Dan sends Abra out as he takes the spirits with him to the boiler room to let the Overlook finally go up in flames, while Abra watches outside.

Sometime later, Abra continues to communicate with Dan’s spirit. When her mom asks her about it, she at first denies anything, but then admits she was talking to Dan. Lucy appears okay with Abra’s powers. Before they watch TV together, Abra excuses herself to go to the bathroom. The Bathtub Lady is in there waiting for her, but Abra is already one step ahead of her.

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