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Bag of Bones 

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror, Mystery | TV Mini-Series (2011)
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After his wife's sudden death, a best selling author returns to his cabin retreat where he receives paranormal visitations and becomes involved in a custody battle.
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Series cast summary:
Pierce Brosnan ...  Mike Noonan 2 episodes, 2011
Melissa George ...  Mattie Devore 2 episodes, 2011
Annabeth Gish ...  Jo Noonan 2 episodes, 2011
Anika Noni Rose ...  Sara Tidwell 2 episodes, 2011
Matt Frewer ...  Sid Noonan 2 episodes, 2011
Jason Priestley ...  Marty 2 episodes, 2011
Caitlin Carmichael ...  Kyra Devore 2 episodes, 2011
Peter MacNeill ...  Bill Dean 2 episodes, 2011
William Schallert ...  Max Devore 2 episodes, 2011
Deborah Grover ...  Rogette Whitmore 2 episodes, 2011
Jefferson Mappin ...  Buddy Jellison 2 episodes, 2011
Deborah Allen Deborah Allen ...  Brenda Meserve 2 episodes, 2011
Cienna Prendergast Cienna Prendergast ...  Kisha Tidwell 2 episodes, 2011
Gary Levert Gary Levert ...  Deputy George Footman 2 episodes, 2011
David Sheftell ...  Young Max Devore 2 episodes, 2011
Shane Anderson Shane Anderson ...  Lance Devore 2 episodes, 2011
Joel Freckelton Joel Freckelton ...  Harold Noonan 2 episodes, 2011
Gregory Penney Gregory Penney ...  Young Normal Jellison 2 episodes, 2011
Geordie Brown Geordie Brown ...  Young Edgar White 2 episodes, 2011
Aja Deeble Aja Deeble ...  Dean Daughter 2 episodes, 2011
Fiona Forsythe ...  Jellison Daughter 2 episodes, 2011


Bestselling novelist Mike Noonan, unable to cope after his wife's sudden death, returns to the couple's lakeside retreat in Maine, where he becomes involved in a custody battle between a young widow and her child's enormously wealthy grandfather. Mike inexplicably receives mysterious ghostly visitations, escalating nightmares and the realization that his late wife still has something to tell him. Written by nitorch

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Beware the lake.


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Did You Know?


A guy tells Mike Noonan (Pierce Brosnan) that he is the author's "number one fan". It Is also used by Kathy Bates in Stephen King's "Misery" (1990). See more »


When Noonan touches the tree with his right hand and gets hurt by whatever, he jogs away and in the next scene his left hand is in pain. See more »


Referenced in Gerald's Game (2017) See more »

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I Blame Mick Garris
13 December 2011 | by rstef1See all my reviews

As with other reviewers, I read the novel and enjoyed it thoroughly. I even recommended it to friends, even if they didn't like King. I felt that the novel didn't overly rely on its horrific themes, but did a wonderful job of evoking a time, place and mood.

I have no problem with movies that change events from the book, even when I have loved the book. To tell the truth, I read this novel so many years ago that I don't have firm recollections of a lot of the incidents in it.

So along comes Mick Garris who ignores all the interesting parts of the story and character development so that he can focus on the purely horror aspect. He trots out all the old, stale horror clichés: from the raccoon (instead of the usual cat) jumping out from a dark space to scare the hero; to the jittery camera jump cuts intended to provoke a fright; to the sudden loud music stings; and, of course, the climactic storm. The ringing bell quickly becomes repetitious and tiresome, as do the rearranging fridge magnets. As the writer, and occasional director, of the TV series Fear Itself and Masters of Horror, I suppose this focus was to be expected.

Pierce Brosnan gives it a game try but has too little to work with. The other characters are given far too little screen time to even try to create a characterization. Garris doesn't help matters by having most of them just glower or look ominous. Anika Noni Rose has a couple good moments, but is mostly relegated to vamping it up on stage as she sings. And Melissa George needed to be reined in with her hyperactive performance.

My advice is to stick with the Frank Darabont filmed adaptations of King and just read the novel Bag of Bones.

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11 December 2011 (USA) See more »

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