Jan 102016
 

Another surprise sequel from Stephen King. I’ve always loved the movie The Shining and when I read there was a sequel, I was excited to read it.

I’ve never read The Shining and now that I’m reading the sequel, I wish I had read it. I can’t imagine anything better than Jack Nickolson, but I feel like there are some things I missed because I didn’t read the book.

I’m enjoying seeing what happened to little Danny after the events at the Overlook. I highly recommend Doctor Sleep for anyone that enjoyed the book or the movie The Shining. I’m not done yet, but I’m anxious to see what happens next.

Stephen King returns to the character and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance and the very special twelve-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals.

On highways across America, a tribe of people called the True Knot travel in search of sustenance. They look harmless—mostly old, lots of polyester, and married to their RVs. But as Dan Torrance knows, and spunky twelve-year-old Abra Stone learns, the True Knot are quasi-immortal, living off the steam that children with the shining produce when they are slowly tortured to death.

Haunted by the inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel, where he spent one horrific childhood year, Dan has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father’s legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence. Finally, he settles in a New Hampshire town, an AA community that sustains him, and a job at a nursing home where his remnant shining power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying. Aided by a prescient cat, he becomes “Doctor Sleep.”

Then Dan meets the evanescent Abra Stone, and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining ever seen, that reignites Dan’s own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra’s soul and survival. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of devoted readers of The Shining and satisfy anyone new to this icon in the King canon.

Summary from Amazon.com

Oct 292010
 

The Exorcist 1973The Exorcist scared the crap out of me when I was a kid.

While slow paced compared to the movies produced today, The Exorcist still stands out as one of the scariest movies of all time. The Exorcist changed the genre and scared several generations of movie watchers. Even at 37 years old, The Exorcist still scares and entertains.

Other Movies Considered:

The Shining, The Silence of the Lambs, Poltergeist, Psycho, Evil Dead, Evil Dead II, Army of Darkness, Drag Me to Hell, The Grudge, 28 Days Later, The Complete Omen Collection (The Omen – 1976/ The Omen – 2006/ Damien: The Omen II/ The Omen III: The Final Conflict/ The Omen IV: The Awakening), Zombieland, Creepshow, Tales From The Crypt Presents – Demon Knight, Jacob’s Ladder, Twilight Zone – The Movie

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