‘Doctor Sleep’ with Molly Henery

Episode 5

Heeeeere’s Danny! On the penultimate episode of our “Superior Sequels” kick, horror writer Molly Henery nominates “Doctor Sleep,” the 2019 sequel to “The Shining.”

A bold take? Perhaps! But Stephen King certainly agrees, and Molly goes deep on the film’s sweeping character development as now-adult Danny Torrance (Ewan McGregor) faces down a vampire cult and the specter of the Overlook Hotel. We also dive into director Mike Flanagan’s adaptation skills, speculate about 300-year-old tophats, and expand a moon-landing conspiracy theory.

Steam or shine, The Kick continues. Listen here. Oh, and don’t miss the latest installments of Molly’s Uterus Horror column.


About “The Kick”

“The Kick” is a theme-obsessed movie podcast where new releases are the ultimate excuse to fill blindspots and let that completist flag fly.

Part of the Now Playing Network, the show runs in multi-episode arcs—or kicks—that explore a particular sub-genre or filmography, and then culminate in a relevant new film. As in, “I’m on a sports-romance kick, and it won’t be over until I see Challengers.

Every week, host Chance Solem-Pfeifer is joined by a fellow writer, filmmaker, or movie appreciator. You can contact him at chancesolempfeifer [at] gmail [dot] com and read his film writings in the Willamette Week.