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Rose Red (2002)

TV Mini-Series  |  PG-13  |   |  Horror, Mystery, Thriller
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A group of people with psychic powers are invited to spend the night in a haunted house.

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Series cast summary:
 Prof. Joyce Reardon (3 episodes, 2002)
 Steve Rimbauer (3 episodes, 2002)
 Annie Wheaton (3 episodes, 2002)
 Professor Carl Miller (3 episodes, 2002)
 Cathy Kramer (3 episodes, 2002)
 Rachel Wheaton (3 episodes, 2002)
 Emery Waterman (3 episodes, 2002)
 Nick Hardaway (3 episodes, 2002)
 Victor Kandinsky (3 episodes, 2002)
 Ellen Rimbauer (3 episodes, 2002)
 Pam Asbury (3 episodes, 2002)
Laura Kenny ...
 Mrs. Kay Waterman (3 episodes, 2002)
Tsidii Leloka ...
 Sukeena (3 episodes, 2002)
 Actress Deanna Petrie / ... (3 episodes, 2002)
 Kevin Bollinger (3 episodes, 2002)
John Procaccino ...
 John P. Rimbauer (3 episodes, 2002)
 Young Steven Rimbauer (3 episodes, 2002)
Kristen Fischer ...
 Annie / ... (3 episodes, 2002)
Paige Gordon ...
 April Rimbauer (3 episodes, 2002)
 Mr. George Wheaton (2 episodes, 2002)
Mary Jo Dugaw ...
 Mrs. Wheaton (2 episodes, 2002)
Don Alder ...
 Douglas Posey (2 episodes, 2002)
Zoaunne LeRoy ...
 Mrs. Stanton (2 episodes, 2002)
 Mr. Stanton (2 episodes, 2002)


Dr. Joyce Reardon, a psychology professor, leads a team of psychics into the decrepit mansion known as Rose Red. Her efforts unleash the spirit of former owner Ellen Rimbauer and uncover the horrifying secrets of those who lived and died there. Written by Gizele

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for terror/violence and some sexual references | See all certifications »





Release Date:

27 January 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Stephen King's Rose Red  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Fans of Stephen King books may notice numerous references to his first novel Carrie, which also deals with a telekinetic girl. The raining stones and telekinetic girl named Annie are both directly from the novel "Carrie". See more »


When they're in the hallway Sukeena designed, Prof. Reardon says that Ellen Rimbauer disappeared on Jan. 15th, 1950 when she was 70. She couldn't have possibly been 70, because earlier in the series, Prof. Reardon stated that Ellen was 20 in 1906 when she got married. See more »


Nick: Rose Red won't let you have what you want, Joyce. It won't let anyone have what they want. Ellen Rimbauer designed it to break hearts as hers was broken, to hurt as she was hurt.
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Written by Jerry Gray and Carl Sigman
Performed by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra
1940 Courtesy of RCA Victor Records
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High quality horror from the master of creepy tales...
10 October 2008 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

If you like haunted house stories, this Stephen King tale is for you.

ROSE RED is a high quality horror tale from the master of the genre, his ability to spin a creepy tale never seeming to diminish.

The real star of the film is the mansion itself, as terrifyingly real as possible despite the use of miniatures for many of the shots, all of its corridors and rooms magnificently photographed and obviously sparing no expense for a TV film that was part of a mini-series.

The story tends to drag once in awhile but the horror is gripping enough to sustain interest throughout the lengthy tale. NANCY TRAVIS is excellent as the off-kilter psychology professor willing to undertake an experiment with other psychics at Rose Red, a haunted mansion known for devouring its occupants. MATT ROSS, as Emery, a spineless mama's boy who pays dearly for entering the premises, is another who stands out among the largely unfamiliar names in the cast.

Especially good are David DUKES as Professor Miller, MATT KEESLAR as Steve, JULIAN SANDS as Nick and LAURA KENNY, a screaming delight as the possessive Mrs. Waterman.

But again, it's the atmospheric house itself and the many special effects that have it reaching out to get its hooks on unlucky victims, both in and outside the mansion, that keeps the story spinning in a very compelling sort of way. The photography captures every menacing moment in the sometimes opulent interiors, as well as the rotting decay when the spirits of the undead make their presence known.

Very intense at certain moments, it may well have been even more effective if the opening scenes did not seem so padded before the events switch to the house itself. Once Rose Red is entered, the fun begins.

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