Doctor Sleep, the sequel to The Shining, got its first trailer yesterday but what’s so significant about the word Redrum

Yesterday we finally got our first glimpse of the movie Doctor Sleep, the sequel to Stephen King’s and Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining.

Ewan McGregor looks set to star as an adult Danny Torrance, the young boy from The Shining with an obsession for huge knives and repeating the word Redrum.

But just what is the significance behind the word Redrum in Doctor Sleep?

What’s Doctor Sleep all about?

Doctor Sleep is the sequel to Stephen King’s and Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining and is based on the 2013 novel of the same name.

It looks to continue the story of Danny Torrance, 39 years after the original film was released.

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Ewan McGregor stars as the now adult Torrance, someone with psychic powers he refers to as ‘the shining’, who is still haunted by the trauma of his childhood. 

Now, Torrance must put the horror of the past behind him in order to protect another child (Kyliegh Curran) with the same abilities from a mysterious new threat (Rebecca Ferguson) that looks to bring an end to all those with this unique power.

The meaning behind Redrum

The word Redrum appears throughout the Doctor Sleep trailer and on the teaser poster released for the film (which you can see below).

For those of you who may not have seen The Shining, this phrase has a large degree of significance as young Danny Torrance, while croaking the word repeatedly in an almost trance state, scrawls Redrum onto the door of his mother’s bedroom at the Overlook Hotel, all the while wielding an excessively large knife (you can watch this scene above).

If you haven’t worked it out yet, Redrum is a palindrome of murder and after it’s scrawled on the door in The Shining, Danny’s mother notices that in the mirror, redrum actually reads murder.

If Danny’s mother hadn’t woken up in the scene above, the young boy almost certainly would’ve killed her in The Shining. 

Therefore, it’s likely haunted Danny ever since which is why it plays such a significant role in the trailer for Doctor Sleep.

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Doctor Sleep is released in UK cinemas on October 31st, 2019 and November 8th in the US.

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