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Ewan McGregor to Play Danny Torrance All Grown Up in ‘The Shining’ Sequel Doctor Sleep

Who knew Danny Torrance would grow up to be such a hunk! The beyond-traumatized adolescent protagonist of Stanley Kubrick’s iconic 1980 film, The Shining, is the adult star of the upcoming sequel, Doctor Sleep. We’ve known for a while that Mike Flanagan (Oculus, Gerald’s Game, Hush) would be directing the film, based on the 2013 novel by Stephen King… but today we learned that the protagonist will be played by an A-List actor!

Variety reports that Ewan McGregor is set to star in the film as Danny Torrance, and that Stephen King himself has given his blessing to this exciting casting news. McGregor has over 80 acting credits to date, including fan favorite roles as Renton in Trainspotting and Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequel trilogy. While he’s certainly better known for action and drama roles than straight-up horror, he did happen to star in one episode of Tales from the Crypt in 1996. read more

Director Ari Aster Discusses the Films that Influenced ‘Hereditary’

Can’t wait until A24’s Hereditary hits theaters on June 8?  If you are looking to get more excited about this release, look no further than the video below which confirms that director Ari Aster knows his stuff when it comes to movies and film making.

Aster’s soon to be released film has been described by critics as one of the most harrowing and frightening films to grace the silver screen in decades (and we’ll all be able to judge this soon) and it is clear from his interview with Birth. Movies. Death. that the influences on Hereditary are the ones that horror fans want to hear a director discuss. read more

Stephen King’s ‘Dr. Sleep’ Adaptation Scheduled for January 2020 Release

Warner Brothers Pictures announced today that Stephen King’s sequel to the Shining entitled Doctor Sleep will be released on January 24,  2020.

Doctor Sleep will be directed by Mike Flanagan, who is known for OculusHush, Ouija: Origin of Evil, and the recent King adaptation Gerald’s Game.

Horror News Network’s John Evans covered Doctor Sleep way back in January, and described the story as “Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep follows Danny Torrance, who is still suffering from his experiences as a young boy at the infamous Overlook Hotel. That’s where many of the most obvious connections to The Shining cease, as the majority of the novel is much more action-oriented and focused on Mr. Torrance’s conflict with a group of psychic vampires over the soul of young girl whose “shining” abilities are unparalleled. Whether Flanagan remains faithful to the text or decides to veer off in his own direction- like Kubrick did before him- remains to be seen. It’s worth noting, however, that Flanagan’s adaptation of Gerald’s Game is recognized by fans as being closest to the source text of all of the recent movies based on King’s work.” read more

Mike Flanagan to Direct ‘The Shining’ Sequel ‘Doctor Sleep’

38 years after Stanley Kubrick’s legendary adaptation of Stephen King’s The Shining redefined horror filmmaking, Warner Bros. finally is ready to bring the franchise back to the silver screen! The studio plans to adapt King’s 2013 novel, Doctor Sleep, into a major motion picture and they’ve just hired Mike Flanagan to direct the film.

The Hollywood Reporter confirms that Flanagan is set to direct, following his adaptation of King’s Gerald’s Game for Netflix. Flanagan is also known for fan favorite films such as OculusHush, and Ouija: Origin of Evil. read more

Paramount Defends Darren Aronofsky’s ‘mother!’… And So Should You!

There have been warning signs for quite some time that Darren Aronofsky’s mother! isn’t for everyone. It’s debut at the Venice Film Festival garnered every reaction from boos to high praise, and it soon became clear that the violent nature of the film would absolutely affect viewers’ assessments of the film itself. Then came the dismal opening weekend box office ($7.5 million) and the Cinemascore rating of an F, and mother! instantly became the commercial failure that everyone loves to talk about. read more

Universal Orlando Announces ‘Ash vs Evil Dead’ House for Halloween Horror Nights 2017

Universal Orlando announced today that Starz series Ash vs Evil Dead would get the Halloween Horror Nights treatment as a featured house for the 2017 event.

According to the official press release, it appears that the creators of the house have a good understanding of what makes the series popular as “The house will feature various locations from the first two seasons of Ash vs Evil Dead and lots of blood. And for those “in the know,” the answer is yes…We’ll be going back to the cabin; with a few other surprises along the way.  This is our blood-soaked, milk-eyed, crass, rock n’ roll amped, chainsaw-wielding felt puppet, love-letter to everyone and everything connected to Ash vs Evil Dead. ” read more

Universal Orlando Announces House Based on the Shining for Annual Halloween Horror Nights

Universal Orlando announced via their official Halloween Horror Nights website that Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining will be getting “the haunted house (or to be more specific, hotel)” treatment at the theme park’s 27th annual Halloween scare fest.

Universal’s show director Charles Grey is naturally excited about landing the property, and stated that “There are so many intense and creepy moments packed in the whole film. So we held hands, took a deep breath, and entered the Overlook Hotel. I just finished looking at some of the house designs and am thrilled by the story we’re telling. It will be the warped psychological thriller you know and love with our own Halloween Horror Nights twist.” read more