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

Overworked estate agent Jim Evers takes his beleaguered family to look round an isolated, crumbling mansion - but the resident ghosts are not especially pleased to see the visitors. Comedy based on the Disney theme-park ride, starring Eddie Murphy, Terence Stamp, Jennifer Tilly and Marsha Thomason.

Cast & Crew

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

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Buena VistaAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 13 Feb 2004
Comedy Drama Children's