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Rose Red

DVD cover
Directed by Craig R. Baxley
Produced by Thomas H. Brodek
Robert F. Phillips
Written by Stephen King
Starring Nancy Travis
Matt Keeslar
Kimberly J. Brown
David Dukes
Judith Ivey
Melanie Lynskey
Matt Ross
Julian Sands
Kevin Tighe
Julia Campbell
Emily Deschanel
Laura Kenny
Tsidii Leloka
Yvonne Sciò
Jimmi Simpson
Music by Gary Chang
Cinematography David Connell
Editing by Sonny Baskin
Distributed by ABC
Trimark Video (USA DVD)
Warner Home Video (international DVD)
Release date(s) January 27, 2002 (USA)
Running time 240 min.
Language English
Followed by The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer

Rose Red (also known as Stephen King's Rose Red) is a television miniseries scripted by horror novelist Stephen King. The series was first broadcast in the United States on ABC in 2002. The story involves a mansion called Rose Red which is investigated by parapsychologist Dr. Joyce Reardon and a team of psychics.

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Plot

A team of psychics led by Dr. Joyce Reardon, a psychology professor, investigates the decrepit Seattle, Washington, mansion known as Rose Red in an attempt to discover scientific proof that ghosts exist. The mansion is thought to be haunted and quite a few people have disappeared or died there. The Reardon team's efforts unleash various spirits and uncover the horrifying secret of the house itself.

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History of Rose Red

According to information revealed at various points in the miniseries, the house which was eventually named "Rose Red" was built in 1906 by John Rimbauer for his wife, Ellen. John Rimbauer owned an oil company, and used much of his wealth to build the mansion, which was in the Tudor-Gothic style and situated on 40 acres of woodland in the heart of Seattle, Washington, in the United States. The site was a Native American burial ground (a common motif in early works by author Stephen King).[1] The house appeared cursed even as it was being constructed: Three construction workers were killed on the site, and a construction foreman was murdered by a co-worker.

While vacationing in Africa during the construction of their home, Ellen Rimbauer made the acquaintance of Sukeena, a local tribeswoman. Ellen and Sukeena became very close, and Sukeena accompanied the Rimbauers back to the United States. The Rimbauers had two children, April (who was born with a withered left arm) and Adam. Deaths and mysterious disappearances continued at the house. One of John Rimbauer's friends died of a bee sting in the solarium, and John Rimbauer's business partner (whom Rimbauer had cheated out of his part of their oil fortune) hanged himself in front of Rimbauer's children. Eight-year-old April also disappeared in the house, and Sukeena was tortured by the local police after being suspected of April's murder. John Rimbauer (whom his wife suspected of adultery) committed suicide by throwing himself from one of the mansion's towers shortly thereafter (an event which the miniseries later shows to have been John's murder at the hands of Ellen Rimbauer and Sukeena).

As revealed in the miniseries, Ellen Rimbauer and Sukeena continued to live in the house. Ellen believed that if she continued to build the house, she would never die. Rimbauer used nearly all of her dead husband's fortune to continually add to the home over the next several decades, enlarging it significantly (in a plot element reminiscent of the real-life construction of the Winchester Mystery House). Mysterious disappearances continued: Deanna Petrie, an actress friend of Ellen Rimbauer's, and Sukeena both disappeared over the next few years. Ellen Rimbauer herself disappeared in 1950.

Several characters in the miniseries relate that, for several years after Ellen Rimbauer's disappearance, only servants occupied Rose Red. Adam Rimbauer, who inherited the house, lived there for a short time with his wife but left after witnessing several paranormal events and allowed the house to be abandoned. After his death, his wife sold off many of the home's antique furnishings. She generated some income by permitting the fictional "Seattle Historical Society" to give tours of the house; these ceased in 1972 after a participant disappeared while on a tour of the mansion. Investigations of the grounds and structure were conducted in the 1960s and 1970s to seek an explanation for the strange sounds, lights, and other phenomena alleged to have occurred there. But these ended, and the house began to fall into disrepair. In all 26 people disappeared or died at Rose Red.

The miniseries begins in the year 2001. Steven Rimbauer, great-grandson of John and Ellen Rimbauer, has inherited Rose Red. He has been offered a substantial sum of money to have the house torn down and the site developed into condominiums. But he is intrigued by the paranormal history of the house, and has agreed to allow one more investigation of the structure.

Part 1

The miniseries opens with a prologue set in 1991. Young autistic Annie Wheaton (Kimberly J. Brown) is drawing a picture of a house as her parents and older sister, Rachel (Melanie Lynskey), argue outside her room. As she draws lines down over the house in her picture, rocks fall through the roof of an identical house belonging to an elderly couple down the street, destroying the building.

The setting now switches to 2001. Dr. Joyce Reardon (Nancy Travis) is a professor at the fictional Beaumont University who teaches classes on psychic phenomena. Kevin Bollinger (Jimmi Simpson), a reporter for the campus newspaper, sceptically questions her about a trip she will be taking to Rose Red, an ostensibly haunted and abandoned mansion in nearby Seattle. Professor Carl Miller (David Dukes), Joyce's departmental chair who questions the validity of Joyce's research, orders Bollinger to follow Reardon and spy on a meeting with the group of psychics she is taking to Rose Red. The group includes Victor "Vic" Kandinsky (Kevin Tighe), an elderly precognate with heart disease; Pam Asbury (Emily Deschanel), a young psychometric; Cathy Kramer (Judith Ivey), a middle-aged automatic writer; Nick Hardaway (Julian Sands), a telepath with remote viewing capabilities; and Emery Waterman (Matt Ross), a young post-cognate. The group meets with Steve Rimbauer (Matt Keeslar), the last descendent of Ellen (Julia Campbell) and John Rimbauer (John Procaccino). Bollinger takes a photo of the group joining hands in a circle, and the photo and an article ridiculing Reardon are published in the campus newspaper. Dr. Miller takes Bollinger back to Rose Red and drops him off, instructing him to obtain additional embarrassing photos once the group of psychics arrives. Kevin is greeted by Sukeena (Tsidii Le Loka) at the front door, who tells him that he is expected. Not realizing she is a ghost, Bollinger enters the mansion. He becomes trapped in the solarium, where he is pulled off-screen by an unseen force.

The back-stories of two of the psychics are introduced: Emery Waterman and Annie Wheaton. Emery Waterman is a rude, sarcastic, and obnoxious young man under the control of his domineering mother, Kay Waterman (Laura Kenny). The audience learns that Rachel Wheaton now cares for Annie Wheaton, who rarely speaks and who refers to Rachel as "Sister." The audience also learns that Dr. Reardon is having a sexual affair with Steve Rimbauer, although the film remains unclear whether she loves him or is merely using him to gain access to Rose Red.

Part 2

Later, Joyce and the group of psychics (now joined by Rachel "Sister" Wheaton [Melanie Lynskey] and a teenaged Annie Wheaton [Kimberly J. Brown]) arrive at Rose Red. The team tours the mansion. Joyce and Steve point out that the home contains many optical illusions as well as an upside-down room and a library with a mirrored floor. The team finds Bollinger's cell phone, and Steve calls Miller to confront him over his duplicity. That night, Emery and Pam dream of a decomposing Bollinger; the Wheaton sisters are visited by a ghost under the bed and in the closet; and Cathy sees something moving under the carpet and her blankets. Later in the night, Pam is lured outside into the garden.

The next morning, Miller receives a voicemail message from Steve saying that Bollinger slit his wrists and wrote Miller's name in his blood before expiring. Alarmed, Miller drives to the mansion. Kay Waterman, too, has driven to the mansion after being unable to reach her son via cell phone. The two arrive simultaneously, and their cars collide in the driveway when Kay swerves to avoid what she believes to be a figure running across the road. Terrified, Kay begins to run through the forest on the grounds of the mansion while calling for her son. Miller, wanting to get her insurance information, pursues her. Inside Rose Red, Emery hears his mother's cries but dismisses them as an auditory illusion created by the haunted house.

On the other side of the house, Pam leads Vic into the garden toward a pond with a statue in it then disappears. When Vic looks down into a pond, he sees what he believes to be Pam's dead body. He attempts to pull her out of the water, but the body vanishes and he is left clutching only her nightgown. He panics and runs back toward the house. Looking back, he sees the statue come to life and has a heart attack. Vic tries to draw the attention of Emery, but Emery again believes this to be an apparition and refuses to open the window. Nick arrives and tries to open the window, but it refuses to open and the glass cannot be broken. Vic collapses and dies in full view of Emery and Nick. Out in the woods, Kay is stopped and knocked unconscious by the ghost of Kevin Bollinger.

Part 3

Annie Wheaton has discovered a dollhouse that is a replica in miniature of Rose Red. While standing on a chair in an attempt to reach the dollhouse, she falls and is knocked unconscious. Rachel Wheaton and Steve Rimbauer see her fall and attempt to render first aid. Meanwhile, on the other side of the house, Rose Red's windows and doors mysteriously open again. Nick Hardaway brings Vic Kandinsky's body into the mansion. Emery Waterman, realizing that his mother's screams were not an illusion, runs outside to look for his mother. He runs into Professor Miller, who warns him to stay away and then flees. Emery chases him but gives up and returns to Rose Red. Miller, too, is stopped, attacked and killed by the ghostly Kevin Bollinger.

Emery attempts to convince the others that they should all leave. They refuse, and Emery tries to depart on his own. As he does so, he runs into the ghosts of Pam Asbury and Deanna Petrie (Yvonne Sciò), the movie star who vanished in the house in the 1940s. Emery has the power to make apparitions disappear by repeating the phrase "not there," and avoids the deadly fates of his mother and Miller. As Emery is about to leave Rose Red, Annie Wheaton wakes and via psychokinesis the house once again uses her to cause the doors to slam shut—severing four of Emery's fingers. While the others assist Emery, Joyce Reardon mistakenly assumes that Annie (not Rose Red) is holding the windows and doors closed. Joyce quietly asks Annie to continue to keep the doors and windows sealed, promising to give her the dollhouse if she does so. Steve, however, soon discovers that he is able to communicate with Annie telepathically, and she begins to form a friendship with him.

Later, Steve relives some repressed memories of a visit to the house with his drunken mother during which a ghostly Ellen Rimbauer appeared to him and attempted to lure him away into the recesses of the house. Emery, meanwhile, suspects that Annie is keeping the house sealed. Nick confirms Emery's suspicions, and then informs the group that Kevin Bollinger has appeared to have hanged himself in the library. The group begins to speculate that Rose Red has never been in a dormant state, and that the mansion's supernatural powers are linked to Annie and Steve (whose psychic abilities become apparent only when he is in the house because of his familial connection to the property). Nick correctly guesses that Joyce brought the psychics to the house in an attempt to reawaken it rather than simply investigate it.

The wounded Emery soon talks of killing Annie in order to escape, alarming the group. While in the kitchen, Cathy Kramer is attacked by Kay Waterman and is rescued by Nick. The two decide to leave the deranged woman in the kitchen, tied up, and not inform Emery so that the unstable young man does not become more unbalanced. A ghostly Sukeena appears and drags Kay off into the dark wine cellar. As Nick and Cathy head back toward the main hall, the house changes around them and they become lost. A mysterious shape under the carpet chases them, and they flee. The shape begins to catch up to them, so Nick shoves Cathy into a room and slams the door behind her. Cathy returns to the room a short time later, but there is no sign of him or the creature in an empty, silent hallway- only his active flashlight remains. As the house continues to change around her, she ends up in the attic. Overcome by the urge to automatically write, she witnesses the murder of John Rimbauer by Ellen Rimbauer and Sukeena. Steve and Rachel decide to look for Nick and Cathy. They find Cathy in the attic, where she is about to be attacked by a corpse-like form. Their presence breaks the spell, and Cathy is spared. They quickly deduce that the corpse is that of Steve's missing great-aunt (and Ellen's daughter), April Rimbauer.

The group reunites in the main hall. Emery attempts to attack Annie with a fireplace poker. Using psychokinesis, Annie has a suit of armor attempt to kill Emery with a halberd. Neither attack succeeds, and Joyce calms both individuals. In an attempt to uncover the secret of Rose Red, Steve creates a telepathic link between Cathy and Annie, and Cathy begins to engage in automatic writing. Annie begins to draw pictures of explosions, smashed doors, and broken glass, and soon doors and windows all over the house are opening and closing violently and glass in the windows is shattering. Cathy automatically writes "help us" and "open the doors," prompting Annie to unseal the house. Steve, Emery, Cathy, Rachel and Annie make their escape from Rose Red, but Joyce refuses to leave. The group is attacked by the spectre of Ellen Rimbauer, but Annie prevents Ellen from coming after them. Kay Waterman's ghost leaps from a mirror and attempts to draw Emery into the spirit realm, but he is saved by Steve and Cathy (who encourages Emery to resist his mother for the first time in his life). The survivors flee to their cars as boulders rain down on Rose Red. Back in the house, Joyce is surrounded by the ghosts of Rose Red: Nick, Pam, Vic, Kay, Miller, Bollinger, Sukeena, Ellen Rimbauer, and Deanna Petrie. She screams in terror as the film fades to black.

The survivors visit Rose Red six months later, just before the mansion is to be demolished and replaced by condominiums. They pay their last respects to the dead by laying red roses on the path leading up to the house. As they drive away, music can be heard and Ellen Rimbauer, Sukeena, and Joyce Reardon watch the survivors depart from a tower window.

Cast

Characters in the present

Name Occupation Psychic Power Played By Character's fate
Dr. Joyce Reardon Parapsychology Professor None Nancy Travis Killed by the ghosts of Ellen Rimauer, Vic, Deanna Petrie, Kay, Miller, Bollinger, Sukeena, Nick and Pam.
Steven Rimbauer Unknown None at first; Telepathy only when inside Rose Red Matt Keeslar Survivor
Rachel "Sister" Wheaton Waitress None Melanie Lynskey Survivor
Annie Wheaton Unknown Telekinetic, Telepathic Kimberly J. Brown Survivor
Cathy Kramer Unknown Automatic Writing Judith Ivey Survivor
Emery Waterman Unknown Retrocognition Matt Ross Survivor
Nick Hardaway Psychologist Telepathic, Remote Viewing Julian Sands Disappeared.
Pam Asbury Unknown Psychometry Emily Deschanel Disappeared.
Victor "Vic" Kandinsky Unknown Precognitive Kevin Tighe Died of a heart attack.
Dr. Carl Miller Psychology Department Head None David Dukes Killed by the ghost of Kevin Bollinger.
Kay Waterman Unknown None Laura Kenny Killed by the ghost of Sukeena.
Kevin Bollinger College Student/Newspaper Reporter None Jimmi Simpson Disappeared.

Characters from the past

Name Occupation Psychic Power Played By Character's Fate
John P. Rimbauer Oil tycoon None John Procaccino Murdered (pushed from a tower window at Rose Red) by Ellen Rimbauer and Sukeena.
Ellen Gilchrist-Rimbauer Homemaker None Julia Campbell Disappeared while living at Rose Red, becoming a spectral inhabitant of the mansion.
Sukeena Ellen Rimbauer's maid None Tsidii Le Loka Disappeared while living at Rose Red, becoming a spectral inhabitant of the mansion.
Adam Rimbauer Student None Justin T. Milner Survivor
April Rimbauer None None Paige Gordan Disappeared while living at Rose Red, becoming a spectral inhabitant of the mansion.
Deanna Petrie Actress and friend of Ellen Rimbauer None Yvonne Sciò Disappeared while a guest at Rose Red, becoming a spectral inhabitant of the mansion.
Douglas Posey John Rimbauer's former business partner None Don Alder Hanged himself in front of the Rimbauer children.

Stephen King has a brief cameo appearance as a pizza delivery man.[2]

Production

Author Stephen King had always wanted to write a script about a haunted house, having been inspired by the allegedly haunted Marston House in his home town of Durham, Maine.[2]

King originally pitched Rose Red to Steven Spielberg as a feature film in the early half of the 1990s, in part as a remake of the 1963 film The Haunting (itself a film adaptation of Shirley Jackson's 1959 novel, The Haunting of Hill House).[2][3][4][5] The project went into turnaround and a complete script was written, but Spielberg demanded more thrills and action sequences while King wanted more horror.[2][3][5] King and Spielberg mutually agreed to shelve the project after several years of work, with King buying back the rights to the script.[2][3] King returned to the project in 1999, completed a revised script, and unsuccessfully pitched the script to director Mick Garris (with whom King had worked on the 1992 film Sleepwalkers, the 1994 TV miniseries The Stand, and the 1997 TV miniseries The Shining).[3] King next proposed the project on Friday, June 18, 1999, to producer Mark Carliner (with whom King had worked on two miniseries, The Shining and 1999's Storm of the Century).[3][5][6] Carliner agreed to produce the script as a feature film, and King agreed to start script revisions on Monday, June 21.[3] But King was hit by an automobile while walking on a road near his home on Saturday, June 19, 1999.[7]

Script

After surgery and a month's recovery in the hospital, King returned home and completed work on the Rose Red script over the next month, recasting the project as a television miniseries.[3][5] The writing proved to be therapeutic.

I was using the work as dope, basically, because it worked better than anything they were giving me to kill the pain. It was very difficult to push the pen 45 minutes a day, but it was vital to get back to work, because you have to break the ice somehow. You have to say, "This is what I do." I'm either going to continue to work, or I'm not. You say, "If I can do this, maybe I can walk. If I can walk, maybe I can resume some kind of human intercourse." Work seemed like a logical place to start.[5]

Several references are made in the script to other fictional works regarding ghosts, including The Haunting of Hill House, Ghostbusters, and A Christmas Carol. King based his concept for Rose Red on the Winchester Mystery House,[2][4][6][8] but added the concept that the house would keep expanding on the inside even though it looked the same from the outside.[5] Although the project was no longer intended to be an adaptation of The Haunting of Hill House, the script continued to borrow heavily from Shirley Jackson's novel.[4][5][6] The team of researchers strongly resembles that assembled in Jackson's novel, and the rain of rocks is identical to one described in Jackson's story.[4][5]

The action originally was set in Los Angeles, California.[6] Pre-production began in July 2000.[3] After a five-month search, the producers discovered Thornewood Castle in Lakewood, Washington, and secured permission to use the mansion as the facade of Rose Red.[2][3] King subsequently rewrote the script and set the action in Seattle, Washington, to accommodate the change.[3][6] The production paid $500,000 to have many of the rooms on the first floor of Thornewood restored to their early 20th century state for filming of the miniseries.[5][9][10] Dead trees and dead ivy were used to make Thornewood appear abandoned.[6][11]

Filming and post-production

The production team included producers Carliner, Thomas H. Brodek, and Robert F. Phillips; director Craig R. Baxley; production designer Craig Stearns; and visual effects supervisor Stuart Robertson (who won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects for his work on the 1997 film What Dreams May Come).[2][5] These individuals and others had worked on Storm of the Century two years earlier.[2][5]

Filming began on August 22, 2000, and ended in mid-December 2000.[3] The budget for the miniseries was originally $3 million,[3] but its final cost was closer to $35 million.[5][11] The computer-operated ghost puppets created by XFX cost $150,000 each.[5] Interior sets were built in three former airplane hangers at the abandoned Sand Point Naval Base in Seattle.[3][11] More than 200,000 square feet of interior sets were built.[2] The largest set contained a full-scale version of the great hall at Rose Red, including a fireplace, columns, grand staircase, adjacent dining hall, and doorway to the solarium (the last being a feature inspired by the Shirley Jackson novel).[5] Two bedrooms and the billiard room at Thornewood Castle were used for location shots.[5] Sadly, actor David Dukes died of a heart attack on October 11, 2000, in Spanaway, Washington, while shooting Rose Red.[12] He was due to film his death scene the following day.[2][6] A double was used for shots of the Dr. Carl Miller character running through foliage, and King rewrote some scenes to feature other characters instead of Miller.[2] The intersection of Spring Street and Sixth Avenue in Seattle was used for the fictional location of Rose Red; other Seattle locations used in the minseries include a section of Main Street and a house on Capitol Hill (which is destroyed by a rain of stones in the miniseries).[5][6]

Post-production took six months, and the miniseries was delivered to the ABC television network in early September 2001.[3]

Marketing

A $200,000 promotional marketing campaign for the miniseries began in November 2001.[3] Marketing of the film presented the movie as based on actual events. In 2000, two years before the miniseries aired, the producers contracted with author Ridley Pearson to write a tie-in novel, The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer: My Life at Rose Red, under the pseudonym "Dr. Joyce Reardon" (one of the main characters of the miniseries).[4] The novel presented itself as nonfiction, and claimed to be the actual diary of Ellen Rimbauer (wife of the builder of Rose Red). The work was originally intended to be an architectural book featuring photos and drawings of the fictional Rose Red house with the supernatural elements subtly woven into the text and photos, but Pearson (building on several references to a diary in King's script) wrote it as Ellen Rimbauer's diary instead.[13] Inspired by the 1999 film The Blair Witch Project, King came up with the idea of presenting the novel as real by having "Dr. Joyce Reardon" edit the "diary."[13] King also inserted a reference into the book's forward that a "best-selling author had found the journal in Maine", so that fans would be misled into concluding that King had written the work.[13] The ruse worked. Fans and the press speculated for some time that Stephen King or his wife Tabitha King had written the book until Pearson was revealed to be the novel's author.[11] The companion novel was a big hit, rising high on several bestseller lists.[11] Intended to be a promotional item rather than a stand-alone work, its popularity spawned a 2003 prequel television miniseries to Rose Red, titled The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer.[11] The novel tie-in idea was repeated on Stephen King's next project, the miniseries Kingdom Hospital. Richard Dooling, King's collaborator on Kingdom Hospital and writer of several episodes in the miniseries, published a fictional diary, The Journals of Eleanor Druse, in 2004.[4][14]

A fictional website for Beaumont University (where Dr. Joyce Reardon, one of the main characters in the miniseries, taught parapsychology) was established. The site (still active as of Feb 2010) provided information on the history of Rose Red, background on the Rimbauer family, and limited information on various disappearances at the mansion.[15]

The marketing campaign was considered highly successful. Many readers came to believe that The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer was real.[13] The fake Beaumont University site was bombarded with emails from fans who were convinced that Dr. Joyce Reardon, Beaumont University, and Rose Red were real.[4]

Releases

The miniseries originally aired on the ABC broadcast television network in the United States on three nights, from January 27–29, 2002.[16]

A DVD, running 4 hours and 14 minutes, was released in 2007.

Reception

Rose Red, which aired during sweeps, was a ratings hit with an average of 18.5 million viewers over three nights and an 8.5 rating.[11]

Critical reception to the miniseries was mixed. The New York Times called it fun if not terribly original:

Most of the way, the cast, directed by Craig R. Baxley, show restraint (under the circumstances). Until they are overwhelmed by the inevitable unraveling of reason, Ms. Travis's Joyce and Mr. Sands's Nick are two people you would definitely want along the next time you bunk down in a ghostly manse. The production, including Stuart Robertson's visual effects, serves the story without overwhelming it. Rose Red is a clever tale to the end. You'll never be tempted to take it seriously. But if you let it hook you, you won't be tempted to turn it off.[16]

Another critic noted that, while the miniseries moves along "effectively," the effort seemed "padded to more than four hours" with "needless exposition ... and repetitious spookhouse sequences".[17] Daily Variety was more critical of the miniseries, however, noting that "All of the elements that make a King story so accessible and entertaining are missing from this production."[18] Daily Variety praised director Craig Baxley's direction, cinematographer David Connell's camera work, Craig Stearns' special effects and production design, and young actress Kimberly Brown's performance.[18] But the magazine concluded that the over-long script and "backstories, particularly the origin of the house, are so convoluted and ill conceived, even the best f/x can't save the day."[18] Critic Laura Fries had particularly severe criticism for actress Nancy Travis:

It's hard to say whether or not Travis is simply the wrong choice for Reardon or if she just took the wrong approach. For the entire mini, the actress grimaces like a rabid dog; her character frothing at the idea of recording psychic anomalies at the expense of everyone around her. Most important, however, she never convincingly demonstrates the kind of power of persuasion it takes to win over strangers to do her character's bidding.[18]

Other critics panned the screenplay as "dumbly, numbly entertaining pastiche" and "a strained struggle for cogent characters and a coherent story line", but praised the production for its sound, visual effects, music, and make-up.[19]

Other reviewers found little to praise in the miniseries, however. "Rose Red is a rambling wreck of a film...about as scary as a hangnail," said the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. "...It is made-for-TV pablum, meant to satisfy unsophisticated palates the way restaurants make ordinary food seem appetizing with highfalutin menus."[20] USA Today focused on what it felt was a poor story and slow pacing: "...a numbingly predictable series of seen-it-before jolts...played at exceedingly slow speed."[21] Many critics were unimpressed with the special visual effects which others had found praiseworthy. Rose Red," said the New York Daily News, "...is a haunted-house story that's told so slowly, it's almost inert. The climactic special effects are even worse, guaranteeing that—should you last to the end—the only screaming you'll be doing is with laughter."[22] Critic and academician Tony Magistrale felt the miniseries over-relied on special effects so much that it felt "oppressive", concluding:

the miniseries spends an excessive amount of time dramatizing the shocking and horrific displays of the house's reanimation and not nearly enough effort examining why any of these displays are relevant to a larger purpose.... While the film's super-annuated Halloween tricks are often visually and technically stunning, they also tend to weaken the seriousness of Rose Red's storyline and dominate it at the expense of character development.[23]

Most damning of all, he concluded, was the lack of character development: "...there are few characters in the miniseries that we care about—and certainly no one to inspire the heroic imagination, as does Wendy Torrance in the minseries version of The Shining or Mike Anderson in Storm [of the Century]."[23]

Links to other King novels

The character of Annie Wheaton is similar to another Stephen King character, Carrie White—the main character from Stephen King's first published novel, Carrie. As a young girl, Carrie telekinetically dropped stones on her house, and Annie does the same thing at both the beginning and end of Rose Red.[4][24]

The story has connections to at least four other King books as well. In both The Shining and Rose Red, young people with telepathic/empathic abilities are wanted by a haunted building for its own uses. Rose Red (the mansion) is referred to in King's Black House as one of the places where "slippage" occurs. King's short story "The Langoliers" (which appeared in his collection of four novellas, Four Past Midnight) features a mysterious British citizen named Nick H who is often assumed to be the character Nick Hardaway from Rose Red. "Beaumont University," the college of at which Dr. Joyce Reardon is a faculty member, shares its name with Thad Beaumont, the protagonist from King's novel The Dark Half. The Beaumont name is common in King's works, as one of his favorite authors is speculative fiction author Charles Beaumont.[4]

References

  1. ^ Stephen King novels which feature Native American burial grounds include The Shining and Pet Sematary. See: Badley, Linda. Writing Horror and the Body: The Fiction of Stephen King, Clive Barker, and Anne Rice. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Publishing Group, 1996. ISBN 0313297169; Wiater, Stan; Golden, Christopher; and Wagner, Hank. The Stephen King Universe: A Guide to the Worlds of the King of Horror. New York: Macmillan, 2001. ISBN 1580631606
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  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Jones, Stephen. Creepshows: The Illustrated Stephen King Movie Guide. Watson-Guptill, 2002. ISBN 0823078841
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  6. ^ a b c d e f g h Rahner, Mark. "Miniseries Reveals Scary Side." Seattle Times. October 31, 2000.
  7. ^ "Author Stephen King Hit by Van, Seriously Hurt." Los Angeles Times. June 20, 1999.
  8. ^ Joshi, S.T. Icons of Horror and the Supernatural: An Encyclopedia of Our Worst Nightmares. Santa Barbara, Calif.: Greenwood Publishing Group, 2006. ISBN 0313337802
  9. ^ "ABC's Stephen King Movie 'Rose Red'." Thornewood Castle. No date. Accessed 2009-05-03.
  10. ^ Hewitt, Scott. "Planning Commission Vote Has Tails Wagging." The Columbian. October 12, 2000.
  11. ^ a b c d e f g Jasmin, Ernest A. "Filming Begins on 'Rose Red' Prequel." Tacoma News Tribune. January 9, 2003.
  12. ^ Eakin, Emily. "David Dukes, Chameleon of An Actor, 55." New York Times. October 12, 2000; "Actor David Dukes Dies During Break in TV Miniseries Filming." Associated Press. October 10, 2000.
  13. ^ a b c d Jasmin, Ernest A. "'Rimbauer' Writer Clears Up Book, Film Mystery." Tacoma News Tribune. February 2, 2003.
  14. ^ Eleanor Druse is a key character in Kingdom Hospital, much as Dr. Joyce Readon and Ellen Rimbauer are key characters in Rose Red.
  15. ^ Website of the fictional Beaumont University, accessed 3 May 2009.
  16. ^ a b Wertheimer, Ron. "'Rose Red,' Victims Blue In A Stephen King Thriller", The New York Times, 25 January 2002.
  17. ^ Rankins, Michael. "Rose Red", DVD Verdict, 16 July 2002.
  18. ^ a b c d Fries, Laura. "Stephen King's Rose Red." Daily Variety. January 24, 2002.
  19. ^ Carman, John. "King's 'Rose' Is A Real Fixer-Upper", SFGate.com, 25 January 2002.
  20. ^ Levesque, John. "Stephen King's Miniseries Makes About As Much Sense As Our Traffic", Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 25 January 2002.
  21. ^ Bianco, Robert. "Pointless Plot Haunts 'Rose Red'", USA Today, 24 January 2002.
  22. ^ Bianculli, David. "Stephen King Mini's Big Shock: It's Bad", New York Daily News, 24 January 2002.
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