Doctor Sleep Is Now Streaming And The Internet Loves It

Doctor Sleep

Despite hailing from one of the horror genre’s most consistent filmmakers coming off the back of Netflix’s smash hit The Haunting of Hill House, Mike Flanagan’s Doctor Sleep didn’t find much of an audience when it hit theaters last year. While the Stephen King adaptation scored solid reviews, it disappointed at the box office after bringing in a little over $70 million on a $45 million budget, resulting in a loss for the studio and forcing any plans for a potential sequel to be abandoned.

Doctor Sleep came burdened with a lot of pressure as a direct continuation of the story told in The Shining, which is regarded as one of the greatest horror movies ever made, and while Flanagan managed to do a solid job in adapting the source material, there just wasn’t much interest from either fans of Stanley Kubrick’s classic, Stephen King’s work or the genre in general.

A running time of 152 minutes and very deliberate pace that took the story a long time to get moving likely turned a lot of people off the idea of sitting through Doctor Sleep, especially when it was announced that the movie would arrive on home video with a Director’s Cut that added an extra 28 minutes of footage.

However, Flanagan’s slow-burning supernatural tale is now available to stream on HBO Max and looks to be in the midst of a reappraisal after proving to be one of the recently-launched service’s most popular new titles. In fact, you can check out just some of the reactions below.

There’s no denying that Doctor Sleep is one of the most underrated and little-seen movies of 2019, but with a whole new audience now able to enjoy it for themselves at the push of the button, you never know, the sequel might one day eventually find itself back in development.