Rose Red (2002) Mini Series

logoDirector: Craig R Baxley

Writer: Stephen King (Screenplay)

Starring: Nancy Travis, Matt Keeslar, Kimberly j. Brown, David Dukes, Judith Ivey, Melanie Lynskey, Matt Ross, Julian Sands, Kevin Tighe, Julia Campbell, Emily Deschanel

 

Plot: Rose Red is one of the most haunted mysterious houses in America, with people disappearing and dying mysteriously for a century. Professor Joyce Reardon (Travis) wants to prove the existence of the paranormal. Along with the last remaining family member Steve Rimbauer (Keeslar) she arrange for a team of different type of psychic to investigate. Her team includes Cathy (Ivey), Emery (Ross), Nick (Sands), Victor (Tighe), Pam (Deschanel) and an autistic girl Annie (Brown) and her non-psychic sister Rachel (Lynskey). Spending the weekend in the house how will they cope with all the haunting going on and how many secrets does the house hold?

 

Verdict: King delivers another wonderfully creepy story

Story: Not many people can create a large cast and develop the characters so well, King knows how to do this and this proves it again. With plenty of mystery involved and secrets from the house and the characters we get a genuine creepy story. (9/10)

 

Actor Review: Nancy Travis – Joyce her obsession with Rose Red will push her to professional limits and personally limits. It is a good performance from Nancy showing how an obsession can take over you goals. (9/10)

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Actor Review: Matt Keeslar – Steve the last remaining family member of the house who has also experienced the houses power as a child. Good performance as one of the voices of reason who seemingly doesn’t suffer from the hauntings compared to the rest. (8/10)

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Actor Review: Kimberly J. Brown – Annie the autistic girl with the strongest powers of all the psychics. Good performance from the young actress who is important to the story. (8/10)

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Actor Review: Melanie Lynskey – Rachel one of the non-psychics who also doesn’t seem to suffer from the hauntings but is only there to protect her sister. Good performances with a calm protective domineer. (8/10)

 

Actor Review: Julian Sands – Nick a mind reader who is the one of the nicest characters involved always knowing more than the rest but unwilling to share to protect the rest. The star of the show here, dominating the screen every time he is on it. Star Performance Award, Scene Stealer Award, Favourite Character Award (9/10)

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Actor Review: Matt Ross – Emery a very unlikeable character who only cares about himself but has a power to make the spirits disappear. Great performance to create such an unlikeable but important character. (9/10)

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Actor Review: Judith Ivey – Cathy she believes that god will protect her against anything in the house and with her power she also is an important to the final showdown. Good performance to show a good character that has to deal with all the anti-good in the house. (8/10)

Director Review: Craig R Baxley – Great direction to turn this great story into such an interesting visual experience. (9/10)

 

Horror: Great build for horror that doesn’t scare you silly but offers enough jumps to keep you on the edge of your seat. (8/10)

Thriller: it may be four hours long but you just want to keep watching to see what will happen next. (9/10)

Special Effects: Some great special effects but some poor or dated effects. (7/10)

Believability: Many people believe at haunted house but this goes to the extremes. (5/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Settings: Rose Red is an excellent setting for the film showing that isolation even in the middle of a big city can create extra scares. (10/10)

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Suggestion: Stephen King fans have to watch this most horror fans have to watch this but just don’t expect gore. This is a great series that people will enjoy watching. (Watch)

 

Best Part: Cathy gets lost in the house.

Worst Part: It could be too long for some.

Oscar Chances: No but got nominated for Prime Time Emmy.

Chances of Sequel: No

 

Overall: Great miniseries that has plenty of scares.

Rating 85

The Shining (1997) (Mini Series)

posterDirector: Mick Garris

Writer: Stephen King (Screenplay) Stephen King (Story)

Starring: Steven Weber, Rebecca de Mornay, Courtland Mead, Wil Horneff, Melvin Van Peebles, Pat Hingle, Elliott Gould

 

Story: Recovering alcoholic Jack Torrance (Weber) has hit rock bottom after losing his job and even striking his child Daniel (Mead). After a year off the wagon he gets a chance to become a caretaker for the winter at a The Overview Hotel. Jack takes his family with him using it as a chance to rebuild and start his novel. In the hand over at the hotel Daniel meets Richard Hallorann (Van Peebles) who helps Daniel work on his powers his Shining. Being left alone in the hotel strange things start to unfold and with this happening can Jack hold it together or will he slip off the wagon before the end of winter.

 

Verdict: After Stephen King wasn’t a fan of the film he decided to make sure he was going to be more involved in the next production his work, this shows in how much more character development is done on Jack and Daniel. The build-up is very suspenseful but it isn’t just about the scares it also adds some human aspects to the going on tackle trust between married couple and that some things are not always as simple as they seem.

 

Horror: A good horror level filled with jumps and scares (9/10)

Thriller: Very thrilling tale which will keep you at the edge of your seat right up to its conclusion (9/10)

Special Effects: sadly some of the CGI effects have dated but some of the makeup effects are still very good (7/10)

Music: Music adds tensions throughout the story (9/10)

Settings: isolation is always perfect for horror (10/10)

Suggestion: All horror fans should give this a go, if you have read the book you will appreciate the telling of the story more than the film did, if you are only a fan of the film you may not get the same level of enjoyment as the film is more scares all the way through and less about Jack’s battle with alcoholism. (9/10)

 

Star Performance:  Steven Weber – does a great job dealing with how his character deals with all the problems

Favourite Character: Richard – as he is the guide and shows great commitment to helping Daniel  

Best Part: Each pieces of build-up but the stand out one for me is with the animal bushes with the music comes off very good

Worst Part: I would say it is a bit long for a casual fan to really enjoy

 

Trivia: Frank Darabont and Sam Raimi have cameos in the show.

 

Overall: This is a top show that lives up to all the hype of thrills and chills along with human problems, it shows how good an author Stephen King is and how he can mix supernatural with human issues. Top stuff with King’s tv show director Garris who also did The Stand and later Bag of Bones, sometimes you just need a good team to get the best out of everyone.

Rating 92%