Episode 21, February 24, 2017: Rose Red

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Multitasking is the name of the game this week as we discuss the Stephen King miniseries, Rose Red while we also remove ticks from our puppy's fur after her long walk through the forest. We discuss the background to the story, Brian's Rain Man-esque ability to rattle off Ferris Bueller information, and we ponder the question does a picture say a thousand words or do we need four hours of exposition for that?

Warning: Spoilers, adult humor, and harsh language ahead. Listen at your own risk.

Show Notes:

2DudeReview - Episode 21: Rose Red

I. Introduction
- Discuss site, Twitter, etc.

Ia. Our bet for the picture

II. First Impressions of Rose Red

III. Origin & tidbits

- Originally inspired by a haunted house in his home town of Durham, Maine.
- Stephen King pitched Rose Red to Steven Spielberg in the 90's as a remake of the The Haunting. Spielberg wanted more action and King wanted more horror so they shelved it until King bought it back.
- He used writing this as therapy after he was hit by a car in June, 1999.
- Based on the Winchester Mystery House.
- Borrowed quite a bit from the Shirly Jackson novel, The Haunting.
- The facade is Thornewood Castle in Lakewood, Washington - no a BnB.
- They paid half a million to have the first floor restored to early 20th century state. They added dead trees and ivy to make it appear abandoned.
- David Dukes, Professor Miller, died before filming was complete. A stand-in was used for his death scene.
- Two years before the mini-series aired, Ridley Pearson wrote a tie-in novel, The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer: My Life at Rose Red and was published under the pseudonym Dr. Joyce Reardon. Also, a fake Web site was created as well.
- The novel was to be presented as a nonfiction book. The concept was taken from the marketing of the The Blair Witch Project.
- The tie-in worked so well, they made a prequel television miniseries, The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer in 2003.
- Annie Wheaton was named after Wil Wheaton's wife as an homage to Wil after they worked together in Stand By Me.

IV. Points to discuss

- Could this movie have been condensed?
- Nancy Travis - did she work as Joyce?
- Compare to other "haunted house" stories we discussed ie Poltergeist and The Shining.
- How much of a resemblence was Annie to Carrie?

V. How rotten is Rose Red? Rose Red was given an % by Rotten Tomatoes. Do the following films fall higher or lower than %?

VI. Mention next film, plus reiterate the Web site and social media feeds

VII. Final Grade of A-F

Chad's Grade: B
Brian's Grade: B-
Karina's Grade: A-