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The Haunted Mansion
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Genre: Horror-comedy
Photography: Color
Running Time: 86 minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: November 26, 2003
Directed by: Rob Minkoff
Written by: David Berenbaum
Distributed by: Buena Vista Pictures
Starring: Eddie Murphy
Terence Stamp
Nathaniel Parker
Marsha Thompson
Jennifer Tilly


The Haunted Mansion is a 2003 American Disney horror-comedy starring Eddie Murphy. The film is loosely based on Disney's attraction of the same name. The film had a budget of $90 million and made $182.3 million at the box office making it a moderate box office hit.

Plot

The film opens in 1881 at the Gracey Manor where Master Edward Gracey (Nathaniel Parker) hosts a masquerade. Elizabeth Henshaw, who is his fiancé writes a suicide note. Gracey looks for her in the mansion and he later finds her lifeless body in the library. After finding out that Elizabeth's had died, Gracey hangs himself. 122 years later, a delivery boy goes to the haunted Gracey Manor and jumps in terror. While the delivery boy escapes, he drops some flyers that were distributed by Realtor Jim Evers (Eddie Murphy) and his wife Sara (Marsha Thompson).

Jim tries to sell a house to a married couple. Then at a restaurant, a happy couple want to sell a braid, but Jim has to get to his anniversary dinner with his wife Sara. He stays at a creepy mansion with his wife and kids. While Jim stays at the hotel, he begins to realize that things are getting extremely bizarre at the mansion and the mystery needs to be solved before the clock strikes 13.

Why It Sucks

  1. The film's plot makes no sense.
  2. None of the jokes are funny.
  3. The film isn't scary.
  4. Unfunny quotes.
  5. Bizarre and nonsensical dialogue.
  6. Poor script.
  7. Annoying supporting characters (eg. Jennifer Tilly's character.)
  8. A bunch of scenes drag on for quite some time.
  9. The film feels like a rip-off of the old Scooby Doo cartoons.
  10. Uninteresting chain of events.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. The design of the mansion was pretty good and quite spooky.
  2. For the most part, the kids weren't irritating.
  3. The film does have some pretty good visual effects for a film based on a popular attraction.
  4. Disney at least experimented to see if fans of the ride would enjoy a film adaptation.
  5. The clock striking 13 is a pretty creative idea for a creepfest, which didn't happen in other horror or adventure films.
  6. Eddie Murphy did pretty well as the protagonist.
  7. Terrence Stamp as The Butler was good as the villain and he gives a So Bad it’s Good kind of performance.
  8. A lot of references to the attraction, which makes the film have a good grasp of the source material.

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