The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer


The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer

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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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  • Mar 31, 2009
    I know why this wasn't great right off the bat--- it wasn't a Stephen King movie, he had nothing to do with making it-- not his book, not his direction, not supervised by him. So it was just a prequal to a wonderful Stephen King movie, Rose Red. But it wasn't good. It wasn't scary, just full of sex-- (I don't like sex in my horror movies)... I didn't like it and I can tell you with full heart the only reason it got as good a score as it did from me was because of the good acting... thats it, not sets, not direction, not writing, not plot, just the actors who played a part in the movie. I don't blame them for the movie, I blam everyone else.
    Liz < Super Reviewer
  • Sep 16, 2007
    Best to see this with a Friend in a huge house.
    Sherry . Super Reviewer
  • Aug 14, 2007
    Simply unwatchable and hard to follow. from start to finish uit gives the non scary impression and never really even creeped me out at all.This film could have stepped it up a notch and been better but it just didnt need to be cause the fact that it was the name stephen king on the cover people will rent or buy it.As for an actual movie it never really had a point or made a point it just made for something to call a not good film. This movie was one sex scene away from being conmsidered a hardcore porno. The way it stands it could still classify as a medoicre porno that really went no hwere excpet for a man laying his dirty hands on all the women he could see. The third thing that was wrong with it was that it jumped from scene to scene and ad no transition in order for the person to realize that the end of sceb=ne had just happened and they were heading into a new idea that they would once again mess up on expressing. All in all not worth watching, go spend your money elsewhere and do not but the stephen king name on the cover
    Kenny B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 31, 2007
    This movie is almost the companion piece to the movie Rose Red, as it shows the history of the house. It did become boring at times and the ending was something left to be disired. The acting was pretty good though as the characters seemed to have been inot their roles. The movie doesn't really explain anything though, otherwise this could have been a fantastic film.
    Ken D Super Reviewer

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