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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Bem-Vindo Ao Lugar Onde Reside O Mal. (Portuguese) See more »

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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(3 parts)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The series is loosely based on Sarah Winchester and The Winchester "Mystery" House. The story has noticeably strong ties to Shirley Jackson's book which was made into the movie, The Haunting (1963) which Stephen King has mentioned was one of his favorite novels. See more »


The group goes to visit "Rose Red" on Memorial Day weekend, which is at the end of May. The shots taken outside during the movie show the leaves all off of the trees and all over the ground in autumn colors, and there is a football game on TV, suggesting that it is more like October. See more »


Steve: [discussing the future of the house] No, no, it's coming down in July, and I can't wait. I cannot wait.
Joyce: How can you hate it so much?
Steve: It eats my relatives! Or did you miss that in your research?
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Crazy Credits

It takes 8 minutes and 30 seconds for the opening credits to play out. See more »


Followed by The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer (2003) See more »


Written by Max Steiner
Performed by Percy Faith and His Orchestra
1960 Courtesy of Columbia Records
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This is not for all you short attention spanners...
6 October 2003 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

For the rest of you, though, this mammoth 250 minutes horror miniseries, is well worth the time. Stephen King has probably created one of his best screenplay-to-screen only works (not based on a novel) in "Rose Red", a chore usually not too successful ("Sleepwalkers", anyone?). This haunted house tale, about a creepy enormous mansion in Seatle, and the intrepid psychics that go there for a "field trip", boasts amazing production design and sets, fine acting, especially by Nancy Travis as the determined Joyce Reardon and Matt Ross as Emery ("Go and warn someone who isn't broke!), and decent special effects (especially considering this is made for TV). Although not everything is always clear, and although the middle part tends to sag a little, this is a high quality mini-series which amazingly manages to sustain interest through four hours of haunted house shenanigans, one of the most overused themes in horror. It's length also allows it to dedicate the first hour to character development and story buildup, so that when the characters walk for the first time into "Rose Red", we are almost as anxious as they are. this wouldn't have worked in a two hour film.

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