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The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer (2003)




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Based on the novel by Ridley Pearson, The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer is a prequel to the goose-pimply 2002 TV miniseries Stephen King's Rose Red. In its efforts to "explain" the supernatural events in the earlier project, this made-for-TV chiller is set at the turn of the century, when the stately, sinister Rose Red mansion is constructed by powerful Seattle oil magnate John Rimbauer (Steven Brand) as a wedding present for his timid, submissive young bride, Ellen (Lisa Brenner). At first impressed by her husband's extravagance, Ellen eventually comes to hate and fear John, especially when learning a few unsavory facts about his past. Meanwhile, the mansion seems to be festooned with ghosts, possibly those of the many people close to John Rimbauer who have mysteriously vanished. Can the eerie moanings and manifestations be interpreted as a warning to Ellen that she, too, may some day disappear without a trace? This is the sort of film in which, after someone exclaims "I'll be damned!," someone else replies, "You already are." The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer originally aired May 12, 2003, on ABC.

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Lisa Brenner
as Ellen Rimbauer
Steven Brand
as John Rimbauer
Kate Burton
as Connie Posey
Brad Greenquist
as Doug Posey
Tsai Chin
as Madame Lu
Jacob Pearce Guzman
as Adam Rimbauer
Jacob Guzman
as Adam (age 6)
Eric Keenleyside
as Jack Finney
Ridley Pearson
as Head Butler
Tony Doupe
as Worker
Kathryn Witt
as Party Guest
Karen Heaven
as Tea Drinker
Betty Moyer
as Tea Drinker
Shelly Lipkin
as Detective
Claire Vardiel
as Older Maid
Secunda Smith
as Tribal Heart-Stopper
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Critic Reviews for The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer

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While the special effects in the three-part ''Rose Red'' made the house seem a cavernous enigma, the two-hour ''Diary'' (with little in the way of visual effects, special or otherwise) makes the place feel about as interesting as a suburban colonial.

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The project is an elegantly staged and crisp haunted house primer that could have easily popped up as an A&E production or, minus a few gimmicks, even on PBS.

January 15, 2020 | Full Review…

"The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer" managed to stun this critic by being substantially more dreadful that the original, and offensive to boot.

January 15, 2020 | Full Review…

Anything associated with King should affect viewers on some emotional level. The only emotion prompted by "Diary" is boredom.

January 15, 2020 | Full Review…

"Diary" isn't really scary or even creepy. And what's the use of a horror movie that isn't horrifying?

January 15, 2020 | Full Review…

Everything about The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer screams low rent.

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