Nancy Travis, Julian Sands, David Dukes. Exploring a young autistic girl's mind lands a psychologist inside a bizarre haunted mansion filled with vengeful spirits and malevolent forces-inside the girl's head. 2001/color/4 hrs/PG-13/fullscreen.
On regular television, punctuated by frenetic commercials, the leisurely pace of the horror miniseries Rose Red
probably felt grueling; but on its own terms, the effect is like settling into a long book full of detail--a book not unlike those of Stephen King, who wrote the script. The story (about a researcher into the paranormal who takes a team of psychics into a haunted house) recycles themes that King has used before--a telekinetic girl, a house with its own consciousness--but for his fans, the familiarity is probably comfortable and even enjoyable. The cast (including Nancy Travis, Julian Sands, and Melanie Lynsky from Heavenly Creatures
) give committed performances, and the special effects are television-grade but used pretty well. Most of it doesn't make much sense, but at its best Rose Red
is absurd and creepy at the same time. --Bret Fetzer