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2000s, Children, Comedy - Family

The Haunted Mansion

Released 2003 Rating (UK) PG
Source of story A Disneyland fairground ride
Writer/s script David Berenbaum
Director Rob Minkoff
Starring Eddie Murphy, Terence Stamp, Nathaniel Parker, Marsha Thomason, Jennifer Tilly, Aree Davis, Marc John Jefferies
Elevator Pitch A work obsessed realtor and his wife and kids are on the way to a holiday weekend when they get a message to attend an old mansion which is being sold. Despite the family objections he takes them there, and due to adverse weather they have to stay the night. When the children come across an old painting which looks exactly like their mother, having been led there by a ball of light, they realise that there is something sinister afoot.
Content The mansion is old and full of cobwebs, the butler is scarey, there are secret passages and a woman in a fortune teller’s crystal, and later a visit to a mausoleum where corpses come to life and escape from their coffins. Also lots of ghosts of a semi-transparent nature. And in the end what appear to be biblical references.
A View I have been on the Disneyland Haunted Mansion ride and it was a lot more fun than this movie. Bumping along the bottom on Rotten Tomatoes, and despite what was not a bad start it descended into an inapproriate level of farce. Don’t bother with it unless there is absolutely nothing else to watch.

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