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(2002 TV Mini-Series)



Stephen King:  a pizza guy in the second episode.
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Actors Jimmi Simpson and Melanie Lynskey met on the set of this film, fell in love, and got married in 2007.
David Dukes died of a heart attack while he was playing tennis, the night before he was due to return to continue his scenes.
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.
Rose Red has many qualities found in Stephen King's early story, The Shining (1980). Both deal with a large, haunted building with a rich history that taps into the powers of those who enter it.
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".
Stunt coordinator Craig Baxley Jr. took David Dukes' place for his "zombie" scenes, wearing the life mask created for Dukes.
Rose Red (2002) derived from Stephen King's desire to write a script about a haunted house. It was inspired by an alleged haunted house in his home town of Durham, Maine.
Stephen King said he wanted the series to be the Moby Dick of haunted house movies. Something big, scary and hard to forget. He also wanted the mansion to look user-friendly and not forbidding, including cozy interiors with warm and inviting colours. More than 400 carpenters worked on the sets between May and October 2000. The sets were so vast some of the cast got lost on them.
Although the story originally took place in California, it was moved to Seattle to take advantage of the locations.
According to Stephen King, Steven Spielberg wanted to do the scariest "haunted house" movie and asked him to write the story. By the time he was able to write it, Spielberg had moved on to other projects. The film was made as another of King's mini-series projects for the ABC television network.
The glass floor in one of Rose Red's rooms references an early short story ("The Glass Floor", 1967) by Stephen King.
Actor Matt Ross had to gain weight for the role of Emery; he also had to wear a fat suit on top of that.
The gruesome arm that came out of Emery's refrigerator belonged to Aidan Kennedy, one of the production assistants.
At the end of the 2nd part when Joyce is walking around in the ballroom, you can see her weight shift as Nancy Travis was pregnant at the time of filming,
ABC filmed this original Stephen King mini-series movie at Thornewood Castle in Tacoma, Washington. Restoration, construction and filming for the movie took six months in 2000. The fictional Rose Red Mansion in the film was located at 9th & Madison in Downtown Seattle - in reality this location is a Bridge, crossing the I-5 corridor leading to St. James Cathedral. The road does not dead end.
Filmed in four months, but post-production took a further six months.
The budget ballooned from an original $3 million to an estimated $35 million, to accommodate the lavish sets of Rose Red Mansion.
A week after Steven Spielberg left the project, Stephen King had his car accident. After a few months of recuperation, King began work on the script. The finished draft was hardly edited throughout filming.
Stephen King loves the mini-series because it allows him to tell novels in a different format than film, and it reaches a bigger audience.
Stephen King likened his cameos to "Where's Waldo?"
Craig R. Baxley was amazed by the rock scene, but Stephen King's favourite effects shot was when the courtyard statue pulled her face off. They wanted to keep the effects grounded, but in reality 350 visual were used overall. The library floor effect was achieved with the actress wading through a concealed pool, wearing a scotch guard so it wouldn't get wet. The temperature was reportedly 30 degrees.
Emory says the line "Did I stutter?" This is a probable homage to Bill Denborough in Stephen King's novel "IT", who had a terrible stuttering problem.
When Stephen King was still considering making Rose Red (2002) as a feature film with Steven Spielberg, the two had many creative disagreements over the tone of the film. Spielberg demanded more in the way of thrills and action sequences, while King was dead set on cerebral horrors. Eventually they couldn't come to an understanding and the project was shelved with King buying back the rights to the script. You get an idea of the kind of horror film Spielberg wanted to make with the subsequent Monster House (2006).
Before being directed by Craig R. Baxley, Stephen King first offered the script to Mick Garris, who had directed King screenplays like Sleepwalkers (1992), The Stand (1994) and The Shining (1997). Garris turned it down, so King presented it to Mark Carliner, King's producer on The Shining (1997) and Storm of the Century (1999). Carliner agreed to produce it as a feature film, and just as King was about to begin script revisions, he was hit by a car while on a walk near his home on June 19, 1999.
After work on the script was delayed by Stephen King's automobile accident, he finished a revised screenplay of "Rose Red" in a month, recasting it as a mini-series instead. The writing proved very therapeutic for King: "I was using the work as dope, basically, because it worked better than anything they were giving me to ease the pain. It was difficult pen-pushing for 45 minutes a day, but it was vital to get back into work, because you have to break the ice somehow. I'm either continuing with the work or I'm not. And if I can do this, maybe I can walk, or resume some kind of human intercourse. Work seemed a logical place to start."
One of the earliest acting roles from Emily Deschanel, who later gained fame as Dr. Temperance Brennan on Bones (2005).
The nursery rhyme "I'm a Little Teapot" was used in another Stephen King mini-series, Storm of the Century (1999).
During Joyce's tutorial on Rose Red, one member of the group is about to write "bullshit" on a pad. The shot cuts away before they can finish the word, however, because the network censors would never allow such a harsh expletive, even a written one.
The parlour was converted from a hangar. It was the most decorative set because it was used more than any other one.
Matt Ross is a strong believer in the supernatural, ever since his mother apparently saw a ghost.
The cast had dance lessons at Blue Skies Studios in Seattle.
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Not only did Craig R. Baxley direct the series, he also oversaw some of the stuntwork. Before becoming a director, he was a stunt coordinator.
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Craig R. Baxley claimed that working on this series was one of his greatest ever experiences.
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The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

Just like in Stephen King's The Shining (1980), the line - "Not by the hair on your chinny chin chin" - is used, and Joyce's spirit becomes a part of the mansion (as does Jack Torrance's become part of the Overlook Hotel). Both buildings also explode in the end, and they share some of the same soundtrack.

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