The chilling tale of Dr. Joyce Reardon, an obsessed psychology professor who commissions a team of psychics and a gifted 15-year-old autistic girl, Annie Wheaton, to literally wake up a supposedly dormant haunted mansion, ... more »Rose Red. Their efforts unleash myriad spirits and uncover horrifying secrets.« less
Jennifer D. (jennicat) from ST AUGUSTINE, FL Reviewed on 3/29/2014...
I liked this movie. I enjoy scary movies without alot of blood and guts. Nancy Travis played a good part.
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Tim T. (FireflyDaddy) from IRON CITY, TN Reviewed on 3/20/2011...
Okey with thrillers there are 2 things to take into account. The first I call the fear factor that is to say how scary is it. I give this 5 screams this is the movie that makes little kids wet the bed. The second thing is the gore factor that is to say how much blood guts and slime does it have. I give this 4 barfs it has its moments but mostly it is just scary.
Now the story a haunted house has been closed because people vanish in it. This house has a history of killing. Girl just vanish but the men die. with every life it claims it grows and this house is huge. Top this off with the fact that doors go to nowhere and hidden doors are not forgotten. There where rooms upside down and with glass floors and that is when the house is not acting up. Now enter a group of people that strange things follow, psis precogs and top this off with annie( a girl that at a young age totaled a house by meator storm. Well if something doesn't happen these guys are bad writers. Yeah something happens more then even this group can handle or is it?
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Marla W. (disneyprincess) from MARSHFIELD, MA Reviewed on 3/29/2010...
I have never been a horror or even a Stephen King fan (probably due to the horror thing) but I think this was in the category of weird and creepy, rather than horror and out and out gore. I love a good mystery and this provides it. Nancy Travis is a college professor that is romantically involved with Matt Keeslar, the great-grandson of the builders of Rose Red, the Rimbauers. She wants to have a group of clairvoyents (excuse my bad spelling there!) go and explore the mysterious Rose Red and understand why so many have died there or gone missing, like the daughter of Ellen Rimbauer, whose husband built the house as a wedding gift to her. Kimberly J. Brown is amazing as the autistic girl who makes a connection with the house. I got the book, The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer, from paperbackswap because I wanted to find out more. While I did enjoy that, I wouldn't waste your time or credit with the movie, Diary of Ellen Rimbauer, but this one, Rose Red, is definitely worth it!
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Charlene J. (Bella963) from REDWOOD CITY, CA Reviewed on 11/13/2009...
Love, Love, Love this movie. Great rainy day movie to curl up with. Fun and campy. A family standby.
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Barbara M. Reviewed on 3/11/2009...
My Best video watching buddy talked me into buying and watching this with her. I usually do not like science fiction/horror movies but I must say this was an exception to my rule. The suspense builds appropriately and leaves one waiting to discover what the house will do next without those silly friday the thirteenth FX. I enjoyed the movie and since the movie is on both discs you get your credits worth in movie watching. Get your hot chocolate and snuggle up on a cool scarry evening for some good movie watching with a safe friend!
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Habitat for Inhumanity
Marc Ruby? | Warren, MI USA | 03/22/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Sometimes I am blithely unobservant. Arriving at the decision to see Rose Red based on one of those AI recommendation machines, I never noticed that it was 1) by Stephen King, and 2) the four hour version of a television special. In retrospect, I'm really not sure why I decided to see it, since haunted house horror movies generally don't grab me. But I did, and after a moment of shocked realization discovered that I was having fun watching it.
The story isn't anything spectacularly original. Joyce Reardon (Nancy Travis), a parapsychology teacher, bets her entire career on the possibility of finding measurable psychic phenomena at an eerie old mansion (Rose Red) in the heart of Seattle. Said mansion has a long history of eating people, and Reardon's plan is to invite a selection of psychics to spend a weekend at the house in order to wake it from a dormant state. Her ace in the hole is Annie Wheaton (Kimberly Brown), an autistic 15 year old who is an industrial strength tele-everything.
Sure enough, the house wakes up, fingers get lopped off, people drown, and a whole host of equally nasty things start to happen. As the mysteries about the house begin to unravel, things get even worse and it becomes clear that Rose Red has no intention of letting anyone go. From that point on it is a pure battle for survival.
The house is the real star of the film. It is huge, full of weird rooms and interconnected hallways, and has a knack for rebuilding and changing itself. CBS went all out to make it a spooky masterpiece, and they did a good job of it. It's the kind of nightmare that you really would like to visit. Think of it as a haunted theme park and you have the atmosphere.
Acting varies, but is generally decent. I'm not sure about Nancy Travis though. She makes Joyce on of those sublimely irritating characters that you start out sympathizing with and wind up hoping she gets his with an axe. No such luck. Julian Sands and Matt Ross are brilliant and everyone else has moments of greatness.
So I likes the show after all. Since it's made for TV, don't expect a lot of gore or out and out violence. The film starts a bit slowly, but the upside of that is that king spends as much time on character development as he does on plot twists. While this isn't a masterpiece, it's worth watching on a lazy Saturday afternoon with buckets of popcorn."
"Every House Has a Story to tell...This One Will Kill You"
Tyler Antoine | Houston, DE USA | 05/19/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Rose Red, a spectacular miniseries written by horror-master Stephen King and directed by Craig Baxley (Storm of the Century), was shown on ABC in late January 2002. Many reviewers in the media were not exactly excited about this film. I did not see it when it first aired, though I deeply wished to. Eventually, I bought the DVD; I was ready to watch it. I enjoyed it throughly.I think Nancy Travis' role as Joyce Reardon was a little overdone, however. (Maybe Ms. Travis should just stick to Comedy.) I was hypnotized by Kimberly J. Brown's performance as Annie Wheaton, a autistic telepath. I also could not help but love Julian Sands' portrayal as the incredibly witty, incredibly psychic Nick Hardaway. The score is haunting and beautiful, and it makes me wish there was a CD available that had that on it (10 points go to Gary Chang!).As for the movie, I think that the beginning characterization is something that was necessary, and it was a nice switch from the usuaul gore fest you in Horrors today. Bravo, Stephen. The special effects are superb. Flying stones, building houses, close-ups that get your heart going, ghosts that make you afraid of what may be sleeping on the other side of your bed. Not to mention the stunning animatronics made for the role of Ellen Rimbauer. Some people have found it chillingly scary, but I didn't find it all that frightening (And I'm only 13!).Now for the plot. The basic story is much like Shirley Jackson's THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE. (Or was it Hell House?) "Some Houses Are Born Bad". You betcha. This house, which was built in the late 1800s/early 1900s, builds on to itself (To understand more about the history of Rose Red, I highly suggest the page-turner THE DIARY OF ELLEN RIMBAUER: MY LIFE AT ROSE RED). So, crazy Joyce Reardon, obsessed with Rose Red, leads a team of psychics into Rose Red to wake up the supposed "dead cell". Soon, the house's dead spirits, who were never really gone, start to reek havoc and people start disappearing. Everything leads up to dark secrets revealed and a climatic ending that is predictable.The reason why I say FOUR STARS, and not five, is that by the time you arrive to Disk Two of the DVD, after the "statue incident" (You'll know what I mean when you get there), you begin wondering when this movie will end. Though every single part is necessary in my view, I believe it does get slightly long-winded. The Special Effects are quite amazing, however.As for the Special Features of the DVD, there isn't a whole lot. There's original storyboard designs, a 50 minute long documentary on the making of ROSE RED, a fake documentary on Ellen's diary (I think that was supremely creative), artwork, a trailer and Commentary. It does give a in-depth look at everything, but it didn't get me exicted or anything.All in all, I believe it is a great movie to watch when you have an open four hours (insert snicker here). Kudos to King and Baxley for a job well done."
My Favorite Mini Series since Stephen King's IT!!
Melissa | Dallas Tx | 05/26/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I love Stephen King's mini series, I would make sure and set my VCR every time one would come on. This was no exception I had to sit and watch. Yes its long but very detailed and enthrawlling masterpiece. Stephen King captures this Haunted House tale of "Rose Red." If you love good old haunted houses and scary stories you'll love this. It has the sense of reality, maybe perhapes because some haunted houses are real or we would like to think so. Every house has a story, and this one is certainly has it's tale to tell.
It's about a mansion of a house thats been built by John Rimbauer who built it for his wife as a wedding gift. Some gift I have to say. His wife then gets the idea about ghosts, and her having to build the house until it's done. It's a spectacular house with mysteries to every room. And every room having a story to tell. But that's not where the story ends. Dr. Joyce Reardon played by a very great Nancy Travis, loves the story of Rose Red...who wouldn't? She embarkes on getting a group of psychics with their own specialties to awaken the house of Rose Red. The one with the key to open the house is an amazing teenage girl who's Autistic girl named Annie Wheaton who has a special gift. I think that's why I love most of Stephen King's stories he seems to use children as the key to the unseen world. Such as in Stephen King's IT. Not to mention he's a fantastic story teller bringing together a remarkable cast and crew together to tell this haunted tale of which originally aired on ABC. It has a wonderful haunted tale, amazing characters that you'll love and love to hate.
The DVD is a great buy! I was really impressed with it. It has a fantasic The Making of Rose Red. Which is very detailed and I think longer than a half an hour. It goes through the special effects, and how Stephen King got his idea to tell the tale, which is in fact based on the Winchester House in San Jose, California. It also goes through make up, and the cast tells their story of the making of the film. It's Stephen King's first I think since his accident. At least his television story mini series. And not to worry, Stephen King makes an appearance in his movie of course. The making of it is great I loved it. If you like the behind the scene's stuff that goes into the movie. It also pays tribute to David Dukes who sadly passed away in the movie. It also goes into detail of the book, The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer, with Dr. Joyce Reardon. But they leave that part up to you whether to believe or not any way it's fun and detailed of the story before the team enters Rose Red. It also has production commentary which I have yet to view and other languages to select. I give the movie and DVD an A+!!! Just remember, "Every house has a story to tell...this one will kill you.""
Kelly Hartnett | Massachusetts | 05/05/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This movie was the greatest Stephen King movie I've ever seen! His books are great, but most of the movies based on his books are corny. His books are scary, but his movies usually have poor special effects. This movie however was really really good! It was scary enough for me, and that is saying alot! If you get a chance, i would definately see this no question! I've been waiting for it's release on DVD since I saw the miniseries! However, before seeing this movie, I strongly recommend reading the Diary of Ellen Rimbrauer as it is a prequel to this movie."