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Bag of Bones

3.8 out of 5 stars 341 customer reviews

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Based on the award-winning bestselling novel by Stephen King, Bag of Bones is an unforgettable psychological thriller.Two-time Golden Globe Award nominee Pierce Brosnan (Die Another Day) stars as Mike Noonan, a novelist who suffers from writer's block after the death of his wife, Jo (Annabeth Gish, Pretty Little Liars). A dream inspires him to return to the couple's lakeside retreat hoping to find answers about his wife's sudden death- but he is plagued by ever-escalating nightmares and mysterious ghostly visitations from Sara Tidwell (Anika Noni Rose, Dreamgirls), a blues singer whose spirit lingers in the house. As the inhabitants of Dark Score Lake haunt him, Mike comes to realize that his late wife still has something to tell him.Jason Priestly (Beverly Hills, 90210), Melissa George (30 Days of Night) and William Schallert, (True Blood) also star in this haunting thriller.


One of Stephen King's more literary ghost stories gets a largely faithful small-screen translation in this effective story about things bumping in the night. Set, like many of King's later works, in a small Maine town with secrets, the plot follows a bestselling writer (Pierce Brosnan) haunted--in every sense of the word--by the death of his wife (Annabeth Gish). Suffering from writer's block, he heads to his family's cabin by the lake, only to get entangled in a supernatural tug of war between a young girl and her supremely scary grandfather (played, in a sly casting move, by kindly sitcom perennial William Schallert). Before long, he realizes that his new home's closets are bursting at the seams with skeletons. Director Mick Garris, an old hand at King adaptations (The Stand, Desperation, the television remake of The Shining), delivers the scary stuff with aplomb, particularly a mountingly creepy dream within a dream within a dream sequence. Unfortunately, he has rather less success depicting the tricky internal thought processes of the main character that gave the novel its distinctive flavor. Still, fans of the author will find much to enjoy here, including Brosnan's central performance, a memorably deranged sound design, and an array of scares that range from creepily subtle to full-tilt in your face. Watch out for that tree. --Andrew Wright

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  • Directors: Mick Garris
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Sony
  • DVD Release Date: March 13, 2012
  • Run Time: 163 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (341 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006J8NPAE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,249 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Bag of Bones" on IMDb

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If you like haunted house or horror stories that don't involve gore and do involve a bit of mystery and a great deal of character development, this is the story for you. This wonderful adaptation of King's Bag of Bones in my opinion only improves and tightens the novel's story. Mystery into the life and death of a past singer, an old curse and a bit of romance are expertly combined in this rather old fashioned ghost story, where a Stephen King clone character (a popular writer) stumbles on an ancient mystery and curse when he retreats to his Maine vacation home following a family tragedy.

The script is updated slightly from the book, set a decade later for the writer , with the murder mystery moved to the 1930s rather than 1900 in the book, but the story is improved by the fairly minor changes. The mini-series aspect of the film gives ample time to explore virtually all the events of the original huge novel. The production is well done, with great settings, backed up by a fine cast, and enhanced by a score that was so impressive I looked to see if the score was sold separately (sadly so far it is not). One of the great things about this film is that it is more intriging than horrific. Even the writer finds himself more intrigued and puzzled by the events than horrified. Not that there aren't plenty of chills in this story. But if you shun horror stories with blatant gore, but like ghost stories, this is one that chills without overt disgust.

It's also rather amusing to see King put so much of himself in the writer main character, expertly played by Pierce Brosnan (though why he has an accent and his brother doesn't is a bit of a puzzle). Also kudos to the little girl that plays Kyra, and the rest of the fantastic cast.

There really isn't a bad note in this great movie. If you didn't catch the miniseries when it was on tv, then don't fail to pick it up in DVD form.
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Whenever another television adaptation of a Stephen King novel comes around, I always feel a little wary. Some of his supernatural offerings seem better suited left to the imagination as opposed to getting a literal screen treatment. That's not to say that there haven't been good interpretations. There have. But there have been just as many failures as successes. If anyone should have a sense of King, it is director Mick Garris who collaborated on previous TV efforts include "The Stand" and the much maligned "The Shining" miniseries. For me, "Bag of Bones" falls squarely in the middle ground of King's television presentations. It has been simplified and changed in ways that purists and/or fans of the novel may not appreciate. But for those unfamiliar with the story, it has its share of pleasures as well. For those expecting big scares, however, the pacing of this two-part miniseries may be a little off-putting. I would describe this as a melancholy murder mystery enhanced by supernatural elements as opposed to any kind of horror show.

Not surprisingly, King sticks close to the topics he knows. The protagonist in "Bag of Bones" is (once again) a popular writer, played by Pierce Brosnan, who is pushed to the brink of sanity in picturesque Maine. Reeling from a personal tragedy and trying to push through writer's block, Brosnan settles into his family's lakefront country estate. The town is populated by a typical array of eccentrics including a plucky single mother (Melissa George) and an evil town bigwig (TV stalwart William Schallert). It seems that this quaint little berg has seen its share of unpleasantness with a series of murderous drownings through the years.
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The mini-series, directed by Mick Garris, is based on the Stephen King novel, Bag of Bones, which was published well over a decade ago. Surprisingly, it took Mr. Garris five long years to get the financial backing needed to make this adaptation. The project first started out with the intent on being a feature film, and then over time, the script was rewritten for the small screen. Thank goodness A&E was willing to fund this project, or it wouldn't have happened.

Now, I've been a big fan of Pierce Brosnan since his Remington Steele days on television. Let's face it the man is exceedingly handsome, suave, debonair, physical, and he looks great in a tuxedo. No one was more upset than me when he was offered the role of James Bond and then the producers of Remington Steele decided to hold him to his contract for another year even though the show was discontinued. When Pierce finally got the role of Bond several years later, it was a match made in heaven. He literally became the character like a man donning an expensive tailor-made suit. There's no doubt in my mind that Pierce Brosnan was the perfect choice for the role of Mike Noonan in Bag of Bones. I've seen the strong, dramatic acting that this man is capable of doing in other films and knew he could handle the performance without any question. The fact is Mr. Brosnan has simply gotten better with age.

Was Mick Garris able to pull off the adaptation from novel to television?

Yes, he was.

Unlike the previous television networks, A&E gave the director pretty much all the freedom he needed to make this mini-series a success. True he had a small budget and a tight shooting schedule, but he got the absolute most out of each dollar spent and each day on the set.
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