Recently, I got to watch the supernatural fiction writer Stephen King’s TV production Rose Red that to me seems like a half-baked tale although I agree with most of my friends that the author was successful enough in creating few interesting characters. The mini-series was premiered in 2002 in three parts and has ever since regarded as one of King’s entertaining works.
The title refers to a grand old mansion that is believed to be haunted. Dr. Joyce Reardon (Nancy Travis), a professor in the psychology department is attempting to enter the old creepy house with the help of few unusually gifted personalities. She is in fact trying to investigate the haunted house notorious of making people disappear in it while changing shape and size.
Joyce is in a mission to prove a point that ‘supernatural occurrences are real’ by awaking the house that has been vacant for decades. She leads a group of people who possess different forms of psychic power that includes the heir to the estate Steve; Cathy, an automatic writer; Nick, a mind reader; and Annie, a 15-year-old autistic girl with telepath and telekinetic powers.
As soon as they enter the house, parapsychology teacher Joyce and her accomplice start experiencing things caused by the house’s dead spirits. While she was successful in waking up those who lived in the house for long, this later resulted in the disappearance of her mates.
What is good about Rose Red is that it doesn’t resort to usual blood and gore to create horror rather it kept things very simple by not explaining the reason behind the disappearance. However, few things which I personally do not like about the film are the slow development in the first half and few unconvincing performances although I would like to mention the commendable acting of Kimberly Jean Brown as “Annie.”
Starring: Nancy Travis, Matt Keeslar, Kimberly J. Brown, David Dukes, Judith Ivey
Directed by: Craig R. Baxley
Released year: 2002