Doctor Sleep is the latest Stephen King adaptation to see the light of day -- and man, there are just so many of them from this year, from the Pet Sematary remake to It Chapter 2 to Netflix's In the Tall Grass. The newest movie, directed by Mike Flanagan (Gerald's Game, The Haunting of Hill House), is the cinematic telling of King's 2013 sequel novel which revisits the world of The Shining, focusing on an adult Dan Torrance (Ewan McGregor), who struggles with similar demons his father Jack did, as the lingering impact of his childhood trauma sends him down a redemptive road while a new villainous threat takes shape.
Doctor Sleep isn't just a story about Dan, though. Here, a group of psychic vampires calling themselves The True Knot are introduced. Each member of this nomadic community exhibits a unique supernatural talent. But, according to their leader Rose the Hat (Rebecca Ferguson), in order for the group to live long, they must eat well. And eating well means consuming the psychic ability Dick Hallorann (Scatman Crothers) referred to as "shining" in King's original story. Rose and the gang call it steam, keeping it in thermoses to the sip vapors from -- and the best steam comes from children. So, yes, they kill and vape children.
Dan and Rose end up being brought together by a powerful young girl named Abra Stone (Kyliegh Curran). He's out to protect her from the dark forces of the world, Rose and her True Knot cohorts need Abra for one basic reason: her steam is beyond huge, and they're super hungry. And as you'd expect, Dan's long journey from trauma to addiction to redemption ends how it started, back at the Overlook Hotel.