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"Stephen King's Bag of Bones" review by Suzanne
Premieres Sunday, December 11th on A&E

First I have to tell what an impressive and cool package A&E sent to me. They didn't just send the DVD. They sent me this box, and inside the box is a cardboard (but very sturdy) box that looks very old. And when you open it, it plays music, and it looks like an old phonograph. Then if you open it, the DVD booklet is under that, and it has not only the disks but cool pictures and info. Very nifty collector's item!

The reason there is a phonograph has to do with the story, of course.  This miniseries is based on a Stephen King novel. I have read a lot of his, but not this one.  Sometimes they do a good job of adapting his novels, and sometimes they don't. I can't speak to that, but I can tell by the Wikipedia description of the book that they did change quite a few details.

Anyway, it's an intriguing miniseries, and it's quite spooky. They do a very good job with that. I felt that at times, it moved a little too slowly, and at other times, it was quite confusing about what was going on, but eventually it was all explained. I also felt that part of the movie was a little too over-the-top, almost campy instead of scary.

Pierce Brosnan, one of my favorite actors, stars as a writer, Mike Noonan, who writes best-selling novels (much like Stephen King himself) and is in love with his wife. Like in most Stephen King novels, something terrible happens to the wife, and Mike grieves for her. Brosnan does a terrific job showing his grief. He starts having weird dreams about the cabin that he and his wife own in a place called Dark Score Lake, so he goes up there and starts experiencing lots of weird things.

This is where the confusing part came in because you don't always know if what he is seeing is a dream, or a hallucination, or what.  The townsfolk are all kind of weird, too.  Mike learns that his house is a bit haunted, and he also sees his dead wife, and he learns the secret of the town and why his house is haunted.

I don't want to ruin it for you by providing too many details. There's lots of scary stuff.  Fortunately, it is not gory like a lot of Stephen King books and movies. It's more of the old-fashioned kind of scary movie. 

Matt Frewer has a bit part as Mike's brother, and Jason Priestly has a small role as Mike's agent. Melissa George plays a young woman named Mattie, and Annabeth Gish plays Jo, his wife.  I would say 80% of the screen time is Brosnan, so that was good for me, as a Pierce Brosnan fan!

More Information:

A&E Launches Interactive Online Prequel To "Stephen King's Bag Of Bones"

IMMERSIVE VISUAL NARRATIVE EXPLORES SECRETS OF FOUR-HOUR TELEVISION EVENT WITH HAUNTED PHOTO GALLERIES AND HIDDEN SECRETS

A&E Network has launched an online narrative prequel, 'Dark Score Stories,' to "Stephen King's Bag of Bones," a four-hour epic miniseries based on The New York Times #1 bestselling novel, and featuring Pierce Brosnan's return to television. 'Dark Score Stories' (www.darkscorestories.com) is a visual and interactive exploration of the setting and characters of "Bag of Bones" through a series of eerie, animated images, striking black-and-white still photographs and audio interviews.

In 'Dark Score Stories,' characters from the upcoming miniseries (including those played by stars Pierce Brosnan, Annabeth Gish and Melissa George) come to life in seven striking, photojournalistic portraits and oral histories. Each vignette will provide a glimpse into every day life at Dark Score Lake, "Bag of Bones" setting, and is introduced with an animated still -- a unique visual technique with subtle, mysterious movements hinting at the dark secrets bubbling beneath the surface of each tale. Visitors to the site will find a series of secrets hidden in the rich detail of each image, recognizable especially to Stephen King fans.

"The worlds and characters of Stephen King have an incredible depth," said Guy Slattery, Senior Vice President of Marketing, A&E Network. " 'Dark Score Stories' is a great opportunity for fans to explore the rich world of 'Bag of Bones' before they experience the excitement of our premiere."

The haunting photography is by award-winning Danish photojournalist Joachim Ladefoged, whose work has previously appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek and TIME. 'Dark Score Stories' was created for A&E by Campfire, a marketing agency founded by the creators of The Blair Witch Project.

"Bag of Bones" is a ghost story of grief and lost love's enduring bonds, about an innocent child caught in a terrible crossfire and a new love haunted by past secrets. Melissa George ("In Treatment"), Annabeth Gish ("Brotherhood"), Anika Noni Rose (Dreamgirls), William Schallert ("The Patty Duke Show"), Jason Priestley ("Beverly Hills, 90210") and Caitlin Carmichael ("True Blood") also star in the television event premiering Sunday, December 11 and concluding on Monday, December 12, airing at 9PM ET/PT on both nights.

"Bag of Bones" is produced by Sony Pictures Television for A&E. Executive producers are Mark Sennet for Mark Sennet Entertainment, Inc., Mick Garris for Nice Guy Productions, Inc. and Stewart Mackinnon for Headline Pictures Limited. Brian Gary and David Davoli are the co-executive producers. Mick Garris directed the Matt Venne penned script, based on The New York Times #1 bestseller by Stephen King.


A&E Network Presents "Stephen King's Bag of Bones" Starring Pierce Brosnan

FOUR-HOUR MINISERIES BASED ON KING'S ICONIC BESTSELLING SUPERNATURAL THRILLER PREMIERES SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11 AND CONCLUDES MONDAY, DECEMBER 12

ALL-STAR CAST ALSO INCLUDES MELISSA GEORGE, ANNABETH GISH, ANIKA NONI ROSE, WILLIAM SCHALLERT, JASON PRIESTLEY AND CAITLIN CARMICHAEL

A&E Network presents "Stephen King's Bag of Bones", a four-hour epic miniseries based on The New York Times #1 bestselling novel, and featuring Pierce Brosnan's return to television. The two-night event from Sony Pictures Television premieres on Sunday, December 11 and concludes on Monday, December 12, airing at 9PM ET/PT on both nights.

"Bag of Bones" is a ghost story of grief and lost love's enduring bonds, about an innocent child caught in a terrible crossfire and a new love haunted by past secrets. Melissa George ("In Treatment"), Annabeth Gish ("Brotherhood"), Anika Noni Rose (Dreamgirls), William Schallert ("The Patty Duke Show"), Jason Priestley ("Beverly Hills, 90210") and Caitlin Carmichael ("True Blood") also star.

In "Bag of Bones", bestselling novelist Mike Noonan (Brosnan) is unable to stop grieving after the sudden death of his wife Jo (Gish). Suffering from writer's block, a dream inspires him to return to the couple's lakeside retreat in western Maine. While there, Mike befriends an attractive young widow, Mattie (George) and her daughter Kyra (Carmichael), and becomes involved in a custody battle with the child's enormously wealthy grandfather, Max (Schallert). Though his ability to write suddenly returns, Mike is plagued by ever-escalating nightmares and mysterious ghostly visitations from Sara Tidwell (Rose), a blues singer whose spirit lingers in the house. As he is haunted by the many secrets at the lake, Mike comes to realize that his late wife still has something to tell him.

"Bag of Bones" is produced by Sony Pictures Television for A&E. Executive producers are Mark Sennet for Mark Sennet Entertainment, Inc., Mick Garris for Nice Guy Productions, Inc. and Stewart Mackinnon for Headline Pictures Limited. Brian Gary and David Davoli are the co-executive producers. Mick Garris directed the Matt Venne penned script, based on The New York Times #1 bestseller by Stephen King.

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