Doctor Sleep Rebuilt The Overlook Hotel Using Kubrick's Blueprints
Stanley Kubrick's The Shining has inspired numerous parodies, insane theories, and even a full-fledged opera (hopefully featuring an oratorio dedicated to the blowjob furry). Now it has an official sequel, Doctor Sleep, which tells the story of how Danny Torrance has grown up to be one of those filthy dirtbag drifters with perfect teeth and movie star good looks.
During the big finale, Dan returns to the Overlook because ... well, where did you think they were going to end it, a Best Western? While the original book doesn't feature the Overlook, since it burned down in the book of The Shining, here they could bring back the creepiest hotel in movie history (with the possible exception of that godforsaken Hotel for Dogs). And instead of digitally recreating the iconic set (as Ready Player One did), director Mike Flanagan decided they'd "just build everything," and they used Kubrick's original blueprints to do so. This included everything from the famous carpeted hallways ...
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... to the lounge:
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Warner Bros. PicturesThough it can't really be called a true sequel until it inspires decades of hate from Stephen King.
Any details Warner Bros. didn't have were "provided by the Kubrick estate." And as for details not included the blueprints, Flanagan analyzed the original movie in order to "track down every book on every shelf and every framed photograph on every wall." The crew would literally walk around the set with an iPad comparing it to the 1980 film. The reproduction was so faithful that it's surprising they didn't bring Shelly Duvall in just to scream at her and fill the space with her psychic trauma.
Following Kubrick's blueprints was also maddening at times. For instance, no one could figure out where the lobby doors were supposed to be in relation to the rest of the hotel. This was presumably a clue to who really killed Kennedy or something.
They Built A Full-Scale Lighthouse For The Lighthouse
Those craving an arthouse psychosexual thriller in which the Green Goblin and Edward from Twilight play volatile old-timey seamen were thrilled by The Lighthouse. The entire movie is set on a small island housing the titular phallic symbol. For his previous movie, The Witch, director Robert Eggers built a farm in the middle of nowhere. So of course this time he decided to build an entire lighthouse from scratch.