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Nightmare Fuel / Doctor Sleep

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  • Brad Trevor, the Baseball Boy, is tortured until his vocal cords rupture from screaming and he whispers pleas to be killed. The True Knot doesn't seem to notice, and they keep right on going.
    • The implication that the True Knot has been kidnapping, torturing, and slaughtering children like this for centuries.
  • Rose's brief, right-the-fuck-out-of-nowhere transformation while consuming an entire Steam canister. Her eyes become pinholes, her jaw distends to her chest, and her mouth becomes a toothless, gaping maw.
  • The return of the rotting, malevolent spirits of Horace Derwent and Lorraine Massey, who prove powerful enough to survive the destruction of the Overlook. Special mention goes to Derwent's second appearance at the end of the novel, where he kills Silent Sarey.
  • Dick Halloran's story about Andy, his "black grandfather", a sadistic monster who made Horace Derwent look like a saint. Not only was he a sadist, he was also a pedophile who delighted in making Dick's life a living hell whenever the family visited, but always made sure that anything he did in front of other adults just looked like mean-spirited jokes. It's implied that Dick's parents knew what he was doing in private anyway, but were too afraid of him to speak up. Among other things, he liked to put Dick on his lap and squeeze his crotch until Dick thought he was going to pass out from the pain, and one time when Dick tried to stand up against him and threatened to tell his father, Andy just laughed and put a cigarette out on his bare foot. He also told Dick that he'd go to Hell if he tried telling anyone else, because "peaching is peaching, wether anyone belives you or not". Even dying wasn't enough to stop his abuse, as Andy returned as a malevolent ghost, which finally forced Dick to learn how to contain spirits inside his mind.

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Come play with us, Danny. Forever and ever.
  • Dan is beset on by what looks to be all the spirits of the Overlook. It's just as nightmarish as it sounds.
    • In context, this moment is even worse. Dan is possessed by every single spirit and goes lumbering after Abra, carrying an axe and ranting incoherently.
    • Prior to this, Dan's announcement that he's going to "wake it up." Anyone who saw the Kubrick film knows how creepy the hotel is when it's "awake."
    • And right before the spirits descend upon him, the twins are FRONT and center amongst them.
  • The process of becoming a True Knot doesn't come across as pleasant in the slightest. The process makes Snakebite Andi feel like she died in an unpleasant manner, and the craving for Steam pretty much overrides most ethical inhibitions.
  • Rose the Hat. Each time she appears on screen in the trailer, there's just something off about her. To say nothing about her behavior when she's coming after her victims, in particular a little girl and Abra.
  • The atmosphere when Dan's using his "shine", most notably constantly encountering the Grady Twins and his father, who is now the Bartender.
    • Speaking of Jack, there's the Implied Death Threat he gives Dan, regarding Abra.
      Jack: Just bring her inside, and then, well... You accept the things you cannot change.
  • When Abra traps Rose in the representation of her own mind, her mental counterpart takes a form based off of Emerald Sustrai, but with a Slasher Smile and no eyes. She also manages to make a monster like Rose fear for her life. And that's not even saying heavy Fingore when Rose's hand is slammed onto Abra's memory file cabinets. By the time she's back in her body, Rose's hand is a mangled mess.
  • Bradley's death is arguably far worse in the movie, with Abra witnessing him being bisected and tortured all while the True Knot's lack of apathy as they take his Shine away.
    • And it hits worse when you realize that not only is Abra watching Bradley be murdered, so are we from her viewpoint.
    • It was even traumatizing to film, with Rebecca Ferguson admitting that she broke down in tears when Jacob Tremblay (Bradley) started screaming.
  • The process of cycling out, where the members of the True Knot look more and more emancipated with each breath, crying out in pain as their skin fades to muscle, then to bone, with their eyes glowing a hellish white all the while, before completely evaporating.
  • Rose's death. Yes, it's immensely cathartic especially after spending the entire movie being smug, coy, and arrogant over her power and being a step ahead of Dan and Abra...but it's still sickening. After she tries to absorb Dan's shine by inflicting more pain to his injured leg, Dan lets out all of the Overlook's spirits. They proceed to swarm her like animals, even digging their fingers underneath her flesh while she screams in fear and horror before she disintegrates like all her True Knot members. And then they notice Dan.
    • The recurring demonstrations over the course of the final act that the Overlook and the trauma it inflicted on Dan is trying to mold him into an exact copy of his father. It doesn't just love Jack, it wants more of him. And when the spirits dig their claws in and get ahold of Dan's body, he starts swinging his axe in exactly the right way, down to the camera panning to keep it onscreen at the expense of what he's swinging it at, the way he yells for and limps after his prey, even just the way he talks when confronted, to have Dan live the nightmare of becoming the monster his father was.
    • When "Dan" confronts Abra in Room 237, she begins to rip him a new one...and makes it clear she's not calling out Dan, but the Hotel. It's pretty much made clear the Overlook itself took hold of Dan's mind and body and it's relishing every minute of it.
  • After the song "Midnight, the Stars and You" in the end credits, you hear only silence in the second half, with only the sound of wind making as if you been lonely the whole time and that the music you hear comes from ghosts.


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