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The Haunted Mansion

The Haunted Mansion

Rob Minkoff (2003)

84min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
A Disney theme-park ride provided a winning inspiration for Pirates of the Caribbean, but this movie can't escape the limitations of its funfair origins. Eddie Murphy plays a workaholic estate agent who interrupts the family holiday for a visit to a potential sale - a vast mansion that turns out to be haunted by a lovelorn ghost. Director Rob Minkoff (Stuart Little) simply fills in the gaps between the popular ride's best known sections - such as the disembodied head of Madame Leota (a spirited Jennifer Tilly) and some ethereal ballroom dancers - with Murphy's unfunny mugging. If sumptuous photography and lavish production design were all a family-friendly horror comedy needed to get by, this would qualify as an inoffensive hit. However, its uninspired catalogue of fright-less genre clichés fails to conjure even a suspicion of eerie atmosphere.

Summary

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Cast & Crew

Jim Evers Eddie Murphy
Ramsley Terence Stamp
Master Edward Gracey Nathaniel Parker
Sara Evers Marsha Thomason
Madame Leota Jennifer Tilly
Ezra Wallace Shawn
Emma Dina Waters
Michael Marc John Jefferies
Megan Aree Davis
Director Rob Minkoff
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Buena Vista Available on: Available on video, DVD and BluRay Released on: 13 Feb 2004

Comedy Childrens Drama

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