young woman of the title marries a wealthy businessman. They
tour the world whilst their new home, transported brick by
brick from England, is being built; an enormous mansion house
named Rose Red. In no time at all Ellen realises that the
house has a very active spirit of its own, and is growing
stronger every day. Her husband proves to be a constant womaniser
and increasingly unkind and self-centred. When two women disappear
into thin air, one of them in front of witnesses, it only
adds fuel to the fire. Against her own wishes, Ellen's little
boy is sent off to boarding school. Her closeness to her even
younger daughter is shattered when the infant is also taken
by the house. With the help of her African friend and aid,
Ellen soon learns that for the spirits to continue living
the house must continually be extended. But her husband wants
her friend out, threatening to stop the building if his wishes
are not met...
I was interested to notice that horror writer Stephen King
is one of the executive producers on this film, because it
is essentially a shorter version of his mini-series which
was actually called Rose
Red. If you look back at my review of that
DVD release you'll discover just how awful I thought it was.
Nothing happened for the majority of the running time, and
the thought of extras made me cringe.
this film is nowhere near as bad. The shorter feature-length
format means that what plot points there are have been squeezed
together, making for a less brain-numbing experience. The
best character in the piece is the African woman brought back
by Ellen; she's at times strangely off-kilter and yet simultaneously
a comfort. However, her attempt at seduction is rather less
Whilst not a bad film it does suffer from cheap effects. Since
the house, clothing and veteran cars (this is a period piece)
are grand it makes no sense to throw a handful of glitter
in, so to speak. Better not to have used any at all and instead
create the atmosphere through clever use of music, lighting
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