Stephen King's Rose Red

Stephen King's Rose Red

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Director: Craig R. Baxley

Cast: Craig R. Baxley, Nancy Travis, Matt Keeslar, Kimberly J. Brown


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Horror specialist Stephen King claimed that his TV miniseries Rose Red was inspired by a number of sources, ranging from Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House (twice filmed as The Haunting) to Ripley's Believe It or Not to Moby Dick. Residents of San Jose, CA, however, quickly realized that King's story owed a great deal to…  See more details below


Horror specialist Stephen King claimed that his TV miniseries Rose Red was inspired by a number of sources, ranging from Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House (twice filmed as The Haunting) to Ripley's Believe It or Not to Moby Dick. Residents of San Jose, CA, however, quickly realized that King's story owed a great deal to their own city's legendary "haunted" mansion, Winchester House. Rose Red was set in motion when psych professor Joyce Reardon (Nancy Travis), defying her tongue-clucking boss Professor Miller (David Dukes, who died during production), set about to investigate reports of paranormal phenomena in Rose Red, a crumbling and foreboding Seattle mansion. According to legend -- and a great deal of physical evidence -- Rose Red was a "living" entity in its own right, adding extras wings to its structure and rearranging its furniture whenever it felt like it. There has also been a number of mysterious deaths at the mansion, which Joyce believed were the handiwork of a ghost: Ellen Rimbauer, the insane wife of Rose Red's architect. Inviting a quintet of psychics (social misfits all, of course) to spend a weekend at the mansion, Joyce was determined to solve the mystery of Rose Red -- and, she hoped, to conjure up Ellen's hostile spirit. Thereafter, the miniseries adhered to the proven formula, with characters foolishly wandering off alone to meet their individual demises, and with such time-tested lines as "Superstitious nonsense!," "Honey -- are you in there?" and "Oh, no! AIYEEEE!" wafting through the mansion's drafty corridor. The outcome of the story -- and the fate of the survivors -- seemed to rest in the hands of Annie Wheaton (Kimberly J. Brown), an autistic teenager with astonishing telepathic skills. Premiering January 27, 2002, the three-part Rose Red posted ABC's best ratings in months, despite an almost universal drubbing by the critics.

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Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
Stephen King tells the ultimate haunted house story in Stephen King's Rose Red, a lavish four-hour extravaganza written by the horror novelist, originally aired as an ABC-TV miniseries. Borrowing its set-up from Shirley Jackson's novel The Haunting of Hill House (the basis for 1963's The Haunting), Rose Red tells the story of a psychology professor (Nancy Travis) who assembles a diverse group of extrasensory adepts to spend a weekend in a 90-year-old haunted house in hopes of bringing out its supernatural side. Travis effectively conveys the professor's precarious position on the razor's edge between passion and obsession. The ensemble of guests includes, among many others, Matt Keeslar, Julian Sands, Judith Ivey, and David Dukes (who passed away during production). Echoes from earlier King works resonate, such as the presence of an autistic, telekinetic teen (Kimberly J. Brown) who evokes moments of Carrie and Firestarter déjà vu. With a wealth of inspiration and source materials -- including The Legend of Hell House and House on Haunted Hill -- King revels in the miniseries format, developing the characters and building background before we even set foot in the devilish abode. The elaborate sets and special effects are splendidly scary, as one would expect from a King creation, in this case directed with flair by Action Jackson auteur Craig R. Baxley. The result is an exciting stay in an enormous house with enough ghosts -- both vaporous and gruesome -- to satisfy even the most ravenous of spectral appetites.

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Nancy Travis Dr. Joyce Reardon
Matt Keeslar Steve Rimbauer
Kimberly J. Brown Annie Wheaton
David Dukes Professor Miller
Judith Ivey Cathy Kramer
Melanie Lynskey Rachel Wheaton
Matt Ross Emery Waterman
Julian Sands Nick Hardaway
Kevin Tighe Victor Kandinsky
Julia Campbell Ellen Rimbauer
Emily Deschanel Pam Ashbury
Laura Kenny Kay Waterman
Tsidii Leloka Sukeena
Yvonne Scio Deanna Petrie
Jimmi Simpson Kevin Bollinger

Technical Credits
Craig R. Baxley Director
Sonny Baskin Editor
Thomas H. Brodek Producer
Mark Carliner Executive Producer
Gary Chang Score Composer
David Connell Cinematographer
Bruce Dunn Associate Producer
Stephen King Executive Producer,Screenwriter,Source Author
Lynn Kressel Casting
Robert F. Phillips Producer
Douglas Tourtelot Sound/Sound Designer
Heidi Walker Casting

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Stephen King's Rose Red 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 54 reviews.
FrankRuby112 More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing film that scared me quite a bit the first time i saw it a few years ago. It is a must have for horror fans. As a writer myself, i found the plot to be quite entertaining.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read the reviews on this movie before mine, and it seems that no one knows that this movie is a sequel to the book, 'The Diary of Ellen Rimbaugher'. The movie gives riveting insight to the world the book opens up for you. Everything that happens in the mansion, as far as the book goes, are true accounts lived on through a diary, and Stephen King does an excellent job giving the viewer details of the story. It is extremely pleasing to see that the movie follows the storyline of the book exactly, And that the events that happen in the movie are supposed to be true as well. I would recommend this movie (and book) to ANYONE!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this movie was so awesome and freaky and the way people died was really cool. Especially the one where the person's head was cracked. and i loved how everyone was psychic. I seriously recomend this movie!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The actual house, Rose Red, is fascinating. It's designed to collect and concentrate spiritual, psychic, and mental energies. Or put another way it can feed off the power of the mind and trap souls. When at a high enough power level it can turn energy into matter. Allowing it expand or transfigure itself, or to physically manifest the souls trapped within it. This gives many examples of psychic abilities. The main group includes a Mind Reader, an Automatic Writer, a Touch Know, a Precognitive, and a Postcognitive. Annie is most fascinating of the psychics. I loved the idea of an autistic possessing extraordinary psychic abilities. Her telekinetic abilities are off the chart, she makes Carrie look like nothing. She can also freeze water and revive dead plants. Her psychic abilities are as far above the others, as a super computer is above a pocket calculator. Thanks to her powers society had never tried force her to act normal, she remained in a serene state, completely in her own world. Joyce brings all six to Rose Red, without revealing how much of risk they're taking. It's unclear if she actually chose to sacrifice them, or just ignored the likely hood of them getting killed and their spirits trapped. She also failed to realize that bringing the last descendant of the house's creator to the house would also give it vast amounts of power. They spend most of movie trapped inside. Facing ghosts or solid manifestations. The house was deliberately kind to Annie, it wanted her safe and happy. Annie could have freed the others at any point, but being autistic she didn't understand the need. Each psychic tried to communicate with her, and finally the Automatic Writer succeeded. I never tire of the climax. When the survivors escape, and Joyce refuses to leave. She stayed with her equipment, and then the ghosts came for her. She wanted to learned about Rose Red and got her wish - Eternally. Then Annie summoned massive stones from the sky. She basically called a meteor shower down on the house.
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I saw this movie on tv and I thought it was awsome. It was creepy, not scary. I hope the DVD has some good extra features!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was really great. You should see it. I like the title. It's great horror. It's one of Stephen King's best movies yet. When it come's out on VHS and DVD you should buy or rent it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Rose Red is the coolest and one of the scarriest movies that I have ever seen! the special effects are awesome and the characters are the best! Stephen King really did it this time this movie rocks!!!!
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This is King's best miniseries ever. You should see it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Most of Stephen King's stories translate well on the screen. This one is no exception. I found myself becoming so involved in the machinations of this house that I dreaded every move from one room to another, even begging characters aloud not to go ''in there.'' I do not know, or care, that much about technical aspects of the ghoulish phenomena in this film. I just know that I wanted it to end before dark enveloped my 110-year old Victorian house.
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I am only an hour into the movie that i rented so i got on here to buy it.I smoked pack of cigaretess in first hour,scared to my bones and i just woke up my wife to watch it with me ,its lonely around here.THIS IS ULTIMATE MOVIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
''Rose Red'' is probably my #2 pic for the all-time greatest Stephen King miniseries, closely behind The Stand. I guarantee that this one will be remembered as one of his greatest. The only flaw I see in this one is the fact that the Joyce Reardon character is a real person. When I found this out, I kinda took away the psychotic magic of the character.
Guest More than 1 year ago
According to the book, the tv series was much better. It was more exciting , even though it took a long time to finish , the tv series was totally awesome. It was worth my time
Guest More than 1 year ago
This one was creepy and suspenseful, even funny at times (specifically the nerdy guy with glasses really cracked me up alot). I really liked the characters. Worth the 4 hours I invested to watch it. Contrary to what one other reviewer said I thought the ending fit very well. If only they had the advanced computer graphics with all of his other movies and they might have been as good as this one. You might fare better to rent it first and see if you want to own it. I haven't seen ''It'', but aside from the original ''Shining'' this was my favorite King movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
it's an awesome movie.Stephen King really put the S in SCARY.I didn't care for it on abc becuase of the commercials but on tape and dvd it's awesome.I also like the extra features for DVD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the best and scarriest movie I ever watched. It was awsome with magical power, Flash Back to the past. It was the best movie by stephen king yet.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first time I saw Rose Red was on DVD. I really like ghost stories and haunted houses etc. and was really getting in to this until, my mom sent me the offical Stephen King web site . The first page of the web site has a link that says, ''Stephen's ready to tell who wrote the diary of Ellen Rimbauer... (more)''. If you click on the link you see this.... ''Stephen answers: Now it can be told--the actual author of The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer is suspense novelist (and Rock Bottom Remainder bass guitarist) Ridley Pearson. Ridley did a great job--I couldn't have done better myself. Here's hoping you will continue to support Ridley's work by buying a copy of ''The Art of Deception.'' Rose Red is no more real then the Amityville ''Horror'' house was haunted. That so called ''special'' that aired after with the ''real'' Dr. Joyce was fake too. If you pay close attention to the making of part of the DVD they all but point blank say it's not real. Rose Red was based on a real home called the Wenchester Mystery house. Built by the widow of the man who made the Wenchester fire arms. So if your looking for a ''real life'' mystery Rose Red and Amityville Horrors arn't for you. However, if you, like me, enjoy a good Stephen King movie and don't mind that they're not true you'll like Rose Red.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie rocks!!!When i first saw it i was so scared i couldnt sleep for days.But now i still get the chills evrey time i wacth it.It is one story ill never forget and steven king is one of my favorites!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The First Time I Saw Rose Red Was On The USA Channel, & I Watched It With My Older Sister And My Mother And We Got Really Into It. It's Like You're Really There And You Are Experiencing The Things Happening To These People As They Happen To Them. Great Movie!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
dark than this DVD is for you. I had high hopes for this Stephen King production, boasting that he wanted ''the Moby Dick'' of haunted house movies. The movie does have impressive production value, a look and feel of quality. Better than ''The Stand''. Unfortunately, the movie doesn't give you the jolt of being scared poopless in a haunted house enough. The set-up and characters are top-notch. There's someone to like and not like, but the main character, the house wasn't developed enough. I expected more thrill and chills, though the ones offered are heart-stopping, brief as they are. At over 4 hours in length, it was kind of like the ''Haunted Rollercoaster'' ride at the fair. You wanted to be scared, but at the end you say to yourself,''Is that it?'' Good story and characters, some frightening moments, but the ride was too long. It's no Moby Dick, maybe a shark and couple of pirahna! But see it already!