The Haunting of Hill House director Mike Flanagan got to watch his adaptation of Stephen King’s The Shining sequel, Doctor Sleep sitting next to the author in a theater in King’s home in Bangor, Maine.
And King had one issue with the flick – it was too brutal.
Specifically, King took issue with the scene depicting Room and The Predator actor Jacob Tremblay’s death at the hands of the True Knot.
Flanagan tells The Kingcast: “It was one of the only times he leaned over to me during the movie was when Tremblay got killed. He leaned over and he was like ‘That’s a little brutal isn’t it?’ I was like ‘S*** I gotta go back, I gotta go back and edit this. I gotta pull stuff out.’ And we did, we changed it. We backed off…He said to me after as we talked about that, that was his only note for the movie really was, ‘That one’s gonna hurt…You need that, you’re right, but I would have a hard time showing this to my wife so you should think about pulling it back.’ And he was right.”
For those that might not know, the film follows this synopsis: Struggling with alcoholism, Dan Torrance remains traumatized by the sinister events that occurred at the Overlook Hotel when he was a child. His hope for a peaceful existence soon becomes shattered when he meets Abra, a teen who shares his extrasensory gift of the “shine.” Together, they form an unlikely alliance to battle the True Knot, a cult whose members try to feed off the shine of innocents to become immortal.