But despite the similarity between some of the shots, aside from one key moment (“the bloody elevators”) Flanagan has confirmed that “everything else was our own recreation” rather than reused footage. Check out how Flanagan recreated those Shining scenes for Doctor Sleep in our side-by-side comparison:
Many of the differences come down to lighting, camera angle, and color choices, but it’s also possible that Flanagan is purposefully playing with the idea of memory here, as he did in his Netflix adaptation of The Haunting of Hill House, which IGN named the Best Show of 2018.
Our recollections of past events can change over time and since the film takes place from the perspective of the adult Danny Torrance (Ewan McGregor), it wouldn’t be surprising if his memories of the Overlook Hotel have shifted and become more nightmarish in his mind in the years since he was last there – either that, or perhaps Danny will take a literal trip back to the Overlook and find it changed by age and damage. The hallway where he first encountered the Grady twins is darker and more foreboding in the Doctor Sleep trailer, with the ceiling looking rotted and the walls streaked with grime, while the bathroom in Room 237 has peeling paint, with the walls and carpets of the adjoining bedroom looking faded and worn.
Whether Danny revisits the Overlook in his mind or in reality, we’re guessing it won’t be a happy return. We’ll find out when Doctor Sleep hits theaters on Nov. 8. For more on Doctor Sleep, read about the challenges the film may face in trying to be a sequel to The Shining movie and Stephen King’s book at the same time.