The Shining, Carrie, and The Stand are referenced

By Anthony Breznican
July 26, 2017 at 06:44 PM EDT

The Dark Tower

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Idris Elba narrates a new video aimed at linking some classic Stephen King stories to The Dark Tower saga, which hits screens next week.

The one minute clip is like a virtual reality tour through the author’s books — and the films adapted from them. It begins with The Shining and a shot of Danny Torrance’s tricycle overturned outside the most haunted room in the Overlook Hotel. (This one is 217, like the book, although the Stanley Kubrick film changed it to 237.)

From there, we venture into the sewers beneath Derry, where It‘s Pennywise the Clown floats his red balloons. Then we see the stage of an incinerated 1970s prom and the spilled bucket of blood from Carrie.

The Shawshank Redemption, Christine, and The Stand also get shout-outs as the video flies ever faster toward a field of singing roses and the ominous tower that stands at the center.

Roses abound through each setting — in the vase in the Overlook hallways, scattered on the floor at the prom. The number “19,” which has mystical significance in The Dark Tower books, also turns up a lot. It’s on the tricycle, it’s the number of missing children on the paper boat, it’s on the burning sports banner, and spray-painted on the Boulder road sign.

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On the wall of the prison cell, graffiti referencing the tyrannical Crimson King, who is trapped within the tower, can be seen on the back wall.

In King’s books, the Dark Tower is the nexus of all space and time, and the various worlds he has created are all stacked together in this trans-dimensional universe. In many ways, the Tower is a symbol of imagination, creativity, and the existence of all these worlds within one mind.

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Elba stars in the film, out Aug. 4, as the gunslinger Roland Deschain, who is sworn to protect the structure from the Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey.) If it falls, the dimensions — and all the monsters within them — collapse into each other.

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The Dark Tower

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