Demeanor: Rose is intimidating. When she isn't veiled, it doesn't seem like her face is capable of any expression that isn't either creepy or threatening, and her terseness generally makes her come across as either sullen or plotting.
Nature: Rose is self-conscious of her nature both as a zombie and a killer. She has absolutely no confidence in herself and no idea how to act around other people.
Description: A relatively small girl (just shy of 5 feet) in a faded white dress, heavy dirt stains around the hem and the ends of the sleeves. Her face is obscured by a thick veil attached to her bush hat. Her skin is a pallid green and her thick, curly hair a murky red. She generally carries herself in a limp stance.
- Cadaverous Fortitude (4) (Brawn) – Being a plantzombie, Rose's endurance is a lot higher than most people's.
- Implacable (2) (Brains) – Acting as a hunter is second nature to Rose, and a huge part of the hunt is the willpower to continue.
- Slasher Smile (2) (Brains) – Rose does not look pretty. In fact, a lot of people even find her intimidating when she's being friendly.
- Green Thumb (4) (Brains) – In life, Rose's passion was not for killing, but for gardening.
Right Behind You: (2) Rose can teleport across distances of up to (rating) miles. This is limited in some ways, however: She must be unobserved both when she teleports and when she arrives, and her target location must be within 20 feet of someone else. She does not need perfect knowledge of the person's location, and if she merely aims to teleport to a person, she will automatically arrive in the closest appropriate location, if one exists.
Gore-nography: (3) As a slasher villain, Rose is very, very good at killing people – as long as it's cinematic enough. Melee skill replacement, and provides a +1 bonus if Rose's attack is poetic, ironic, or just inventively brutal. Cannot be used for attacks that aren't intended to either kill or maim, and cannot be used against enemies that don't have blood (or an equivalent liquid).
Won't Stop Coming: (2) Rose is not easily stopped, and you can't stop her forever. Whenever Rose is opposed by more than one enemy, she cannot be reduced below 1 HP unless two or more of them attack in tandem. When Rose is killed, she is guaranteed to return in some way – all efforts to prevent this can only delay it, proportional to how much effort is put in and the strength of their mystical logic.
- A pair of gardening sheers, torn apart so that they are pretty much just two big knives
- Thorns DVD box set
Produced by Crescent Moon Studios from 1989 until their closure in 2006, the Thorns series of horror movies saw limited success as a cult favourite among slasher fans. While its crossover entry Thorns of Blood received a limited theatrical release, the rest of the series went direct to VHS – and later DVD. Nowadays, only die-hard schlock horror fans even know it exists.
One such die-hard fan, Daria Dalton, took it upon herself to try to summon the killer from the Thorns movies, Rose Levane, into the real world. She probably didn't believe she'd be successful. She was slightly less surprised to find that this Rose she'd summoned remembered all the events of the movies, but only in the way one remembers a bad dream. Though she resembled physically the character's most recent portrayal, her personality resembled her original, innocent character at the start of the first movie more than anything.
Dalton did her best to help Rose adjust to a non-fictional life, but in the end there's a lot of questions attached to that kind of thing that she wasn't equipped to answer, and she didn't really have room to keep a whole zombie in her apartment. Also Rose kept unnerving her with the way she looked at gardening equipment. But hey, this Sunnybrook place on the news looks perfectly equipped to house zombie girls…
Thorns: Rose (no surname given), junior gardener for the rich Valentine family, has an unrequited crush on the Valentine's son, Chad. When his girlfriend bullies her past the point of reason, Rose starts a slippery slope of garden-tool killing that leads to her finally being killed by her would-be paramour and buried on the grounds. Held up by fans as a brutal classic for its tight plotting and its playing on the “last girl” dynamic while the genre was still relatively young.
Thorns 2: People surrounding Chad Valentine start dying mysteriously, their bodies found with gardening tools sticking out. This movie introduces the title of “Veiled Maiden”, which the killer – a journalist who decided to finish Roses' job after investigating the killings of the original movie – dons in her crusade. Also introduces the killer's signature weapon, a pair of shears torn apart at the joint and wielded like machetes. Something of an underdog among fans of the series, as it lacks the genre-challenging plot of the first and the supernatural elements of later entries.
Thorns 3 – Rose's Revenge: A cult forms around the legend of the Veiled Maiden, who return Rose from the grave with the sacrifice of a young man who resembles Chad Valentine. Predictably, she begins a crusade of revenge against the cult, killing them to a man. Seen as simple fun, featuring creative kills and bad zombie make-up.
Thorns 4 – Grim Harvest: Shauna Bright, an unmentioned member of the cult from the previous movie who left before the resurrection went down moves to a small farming town. When she uncovers a conspiracy of sacrifices to a fertility god, and suspects she may be the next victim, she summons the roaming spectre of Rose – now given the full name of Rose Levane – to visit deadly vengeance upon the town's murderous conspirators. Generally considered a more masterful implementation of the previous movie's simple revenge spree plot, although its kills are sometimes accused of being repetitive and derivative.
Thorns 5 – Valentine's Day: The original Valentine estate has become a sorority house. When a group of drunken fratboys assault a girl on the grounds, they unwittingly raise Rose from her unmarked grave (it is not explained why she is back in the grave since Thorns 4). The movie follows the fratboys as they grow increasingly paranoid, one of them receiving a wound from her each night until she finally kills each of them in turn over the course of a night. Praised for switching up the formula with a slow build to the final act, but equally criticized because the new formula was unfamiliar and imperfect.
Thorns of Blood – Malachi VS Rose: Crossover with the “Vial of Blood” series, its central figure Malachi begins terrorizing the young girls of a town. A successor to the Rose cult makes a pilgrimage to Valentine Manor to summon Rose to defend the town. As you'd expect from this kind of versus movie, the ending is a cop-out and both slashers end up with a decent body-count before getting trapped together in a burning building. Hardcore Thorns fans deride the movie for not grasping Rose's nature as an anti-hero property and trying to have her be both a hero while still matching Malachi's body-count. Still regarded as dumb fun because its large budget and second slasher makes for fun gore. It's debated whether or not this entry is canon.
Thorns 6: Unexplained killings of young men start sweeping the town, accompanied by sightings of the Veiled Maiden. A reporter for the school paper is sure that Rose Levane has returned. Spoilers, it's a cheerleader getting revenge on every boy that's ever slighted her. There's implication that she's maybe possessed by Rose's spirit that never gets confirmed or denied. Thought of as the series' low point, especially given that it failed to reassert the series' core after Thorns of Blood.
Thorns 7 – The Final Bloom: It is established at the start of the film that the undead Rose now dwells in a secluded willow cabin on the Valentine estate, still owned by a sorority, emerging at night to keep watch. When the sorority is forced to disband after allegations concerning the murders in Thorns 5, the manor is eventually bought by a wealthy businessman who uses the manor mainly as a place to meet his mistresses. Long story short, Rose kills his staff, security guards, mistresses, and then him. The movie ends with the manor burning down around them, and the fire spreading to the grounds. Lauded as a return to form, many fans were satisfied with this as a conclusion to the series despite understated gore and a bitter ending.
Thorns 8 – Deep Roots: A period piece set in Valentine Manor in the early 20th century. Other than superficial similarities, in-jokes, and set-ups for things in the previous movies, the plot of a servant girl systematically killing off corrupt senior servants and the elderly master of the house is largely unrelated to the rest of the series. Divisive among the fanbase, and probably the least well-known entry of the series, some think it stands well on its own merits while other think the realistic but dull gore holds up poorly.
Thorns 9 – Resurgence: An opening narration vaguely explains that Rose's ashes were eventually used to fertilize a rosebush, which became the mystical vehicle for her reincarnation as a part-plant zombie. She hunts down a group of executives whose company is polluting the area. The lacklustre plot makes it rare for this to be anyone's favourite of the series, but the redesign of Rose as a part-plant zombie was beloved by the fanbase and, following 8, Thorns 9 receives a lot of goodwill.
Thorns X – Death in Bloom: Easily the most violent entry in the series, when a girl is killed on the grounds of Valentine manner, the frat-boy killer is confident that his upcoming camping trip will allow him to evade the police while the heat dies down. However Rose follows them to the woods and systematically slaughters them and everyone who they call to help them. Almost universally beloved among the fanbase for synthesizing the best elements of the series into a single movie, the most common complain levelled at it is that the excessive gore felt untrue to the more fantastical, anti-heroic nature of the series.
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