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Thursday, 21 April 2016

R - Ellen Rimbauer - Fictional Phantoms #AtoZChallenge 2016


Welcome AtoZers and all other visitors, I hope your week is going well and you are ready for another fictional phantom. Today I have gone with a creations of the wonderful Stephen King, so beware, this is a scary one. Enjoy!

Ellen Rimbauer (Rose Red)

Ellen and Sukeena
Rose Red is Stephen King's first written for television mini-series, rather than being an adaptation of one of his books, and it is up there are my favourite, right along side 'Salem's Lot.

The antagonist in Rose Red is actually Rose Red itself: the house. However, the power behind Rose Red is Ellen Rimbauer.

She started off as a perfectly normal young wife of an older philandering man. Doing her duty she produced two children for him and turned a blind eye to his womanising and he gave her Rose Red.
Ellen when she is annoyed.

After suffering a nearly deadly fever on their honeymoon, from an unspecified sexually transmitted disease given to her by her husband, Ellen became very close with her maid Sukeena. Sukeena would help Ellen in her future enterprises.

Back in the US Ellen consulted a medium who told her as long as she continued to build Rose Red, she would never die.

It was after that the house began to eat people, although it had killed before during its initial construction.

Men it tended to simply kill, her unfaithful husband being one of them, and women, including April, Ellen's six year old daughter, just vanished.

Ellen herself vanished into the house with Sukeena never to be seen again, but she is still building it with all the women she has taken. She can look beautiful to those she is trying to temp to join her, but she is really a decayed thing obsessed with her house. A ghost in a shell who became a monster with horrific supernatural powers.

If someone told you that as long as you kept building your house you would never die and money wasn't an object, would you do it?

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35 comments:

  1. Not sure I'd take that offer because, think about it, you'd have to spend so much time building would you really get to enjoy an unnaturally long life?

    ~Ninja Minion Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine~
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    1. Ah, but you don't have to build it yourself - that's what hired help is for :)

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  2. I loved Rose Red but it's been so long since I saw it that I have forgotten so much of it. Thanks for bringing it back to life in this post and another one of your recent ones. I need to Netflix that movie... Love Stephen King!

    Michele @ Angels Bark

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    1. It is an absolutely superb mini-series - I now want to watch it all over again :)

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  3. I've never seen this, but if it was a place with an amazing view, and I had the power to design the changes and additions, yeah. But if it's ridiculous requests. NO! :)

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    1. Can you imagine the planning permission though - I wonder if, "I'll die if I can't do it" is a good enough reason to pass something for a planning inspector? ;)

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  4. There's a house in San Jose, The Winchester House, http://www.winchestermysteryhouse.com/

    She believed if she kept building the house she wouldn't die. She died.

    They offer tours. I've been to the house but was too late to take the tour.

    betty

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    1. I believe that's where the inspiration was taken from for Rose Red. I'm assuming the Winchester House doesn't eat people though? ;)

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  5. I've never seen it but I don't think I'd take the offer anyway... not sure I'd actually want to live forever tied to one particular spot!!

    Mars xx
    @TrollbeadBlog from
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    1. Well if you stopped building I assume it would all be over, so at least there's a way out. Of course the council would probably put pay to any ideas of immortality with red tape anyway :)

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  6. I've never seen this series, but you menzione it before and it sounds very interstizi. I like this idea of immortalità. Very different :)

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    1. It's worth a couple of mentions - it is really good. You can probably tell I wrote this post before the one that was for P :)

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  7. This has been on my "to watch" queue forever. I really need to check it out. Love Stephen King's work.

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    Tim Brannan, The Other Side Blog
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    1. It is a great mini-series, one of the best I think for Stephen King.

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  8. Probably. When I got tired of living a few thousand years later I's stop the building.

    I’m exploring different types of dreams and their meanings.
    R is for Running in Slow Motion
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    1. I suppose planning inspectors wouldn't be a problem if the house was like Rose Red and liked to eat people :)

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  9. Well that depends. Do I also have to clean it for eternity as well? Then no, heck no!

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    1. LOL - hired help, definitely need hired help :)

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  10. Yes. There is so much work that needs to be done on this house, it could take at least a couple of lifetimes. Now if the house started eating my near and dear and I started looking like that horror above, I would probably rethink!
    Finding Eliza

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    1. I have to agree - there are lines that houses should not cross ;)

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  11. I don't know. I suspect at some point I'd get tired of it all.

    @Kathleen01930
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    1. I suppose, yes, unless you became obsessed like Ellen where it becomes more than simply living.

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    1. It's a good one to get out, dust off and rewatch every now and then :)

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  13. I appreciate long-term projects, but probably not in house building. :)

    The Immarcescible Word

    Frox'n'Fox

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  14. I think there was a woman who really tried putting that theory to the test. She really never stopped building her house until she died.

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    1. The Winchester House I believe, I think it was part of the inspiration for the story.

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  15. It sounds like someone didn't read the fine print... if there was no fine print, sure, I could tinker away on a house :D

    @TarkabarkaHolgy from
    The Multicolored Diary
    MopDog

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    1. It's always those little unread clauses that trip people up :)

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  16. I was hooked on the movie even though I am not a King fan.

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    1. It's one of my favourite horrors - it has such a good cast too.

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  17. I remember that this had an actor I liked. He played a psychic in it. Was greatly peeved as to what happened to him.

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    1. Which one, Matt Ross, Julian Sands or Kevin Tighe? Rose Red didn't let many of them out :)

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  18. Interesting premise. I haven't watched this series, but will definitely look for it. Perpetually building a house doesn't sound like much fun, to me. Not sure I'd want to do that. To quote Queen: "Who wants to live forever?" ☺

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