Haunted Mansion went from attraction to film and back again

Posted Monday, November 24, 2003 11:06 AM | Contributed by Jeff

The Magic Kingdom at Disney World is now showing an exhibit that includes sets, props and other production items from the Haunted Mansion film showing in theaters. Ironic as it may seem, the film is based on the attraction of the same name at the park, and the new attraction based on the film inspired by the original attraction will show through March.

Read more from The St. Petersburg Times.

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Monday, November 24, 2003 1:12 PM
janfrederick's avatar Heh heh....The Disney Gallery at Disneyland featured artwork for the original attraction along with artwork for the movie. Cool artwork, but I somehow don't think the movie will be up to snuff.
Monday, November 24, 2003 3:15 PM
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl was good, as in a fun movie, so there is no reason to suspect that this won't be good as well.
Monday, November 24, 2003 3:31 PM
Jeff's avatar Only if you ignore the fact that it's Eddie Murphy, who hasn't been in a funny movie in roughly a decade.
Monday, November 24, 2003 7:03 PM
janfrederick's avatar Exactly...Should have been Kurt Russel with John Carpenter directing.
Monday, November 24, 2003 9:05 PM
Mamoosh's avatar "Haunted Mansion" shouldn't have been a comedy, it should have been a scary ghost story.


Monday, November 24, 2003 9:10 PM
This attraction is at Disney MGM Studios where you see the main hall, or as much that will fit in the sound stage. The attraction is a good if you have enough time to kill like i did. Nice interesting infomation.

(I love the SP times, nice paper)*** This post was edited by figment 11/24/2003 9:12:20 PM ***

Monday, November 24, 2003 10:45 PM
"Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl was good, as in a fun movie, so there is no reason to suspect that this won't be good as well."

Yes, there is a good reason to believe this will suck compared to POTC.

Mostly, it is due to the talent involved. The director is a no name who was the least expensive to offer. POTC had Gore Verbinski, the man behind The Ring. Second, the lead actors in POTC were modern legends known as Geoffrey Rush and Johnny Depp, both providing career performances. THM has Eddie Murphy, who's only good movie came as a voice (Shrek). Lastly, the decision to make this a comedy screwed the chance of success.

The Haunted Mansion will be bad, and this is soley due to the fact that it doesn't have any notable talent involved outside the set creators and SFX directors.

Monday, November 24, 2003 11:32 PM
Eddie hasn't been in a funny movie in about a decade (the first Nutty Professor remake for me) unless you count animated films, right? ;) Following Shrek up with 3 of the worst movies of 2002 is really sucktacular though (Showtime, Pluto Nash, I Spy). Haunted Mansion has some potential and Disney has ruled the theatres in 2003, so I bet they're either going to be really happy or ecstatic overall depending on how well this does. You can't ask for more than the two highest grossing films of the year so far plus Bringing Down the House, Freaky Friday, Brother Bear, Holes, Lizzie MaGuire, Jungle Book 2, Open Range, and Under the Tuscan Sun among others. If all else fails, it just *has* to be better than the horrid mess that is The Cat in the Hat and much more successful than Looney Tunes: Back in Action. The attractions sounds cool too and I wish I could be there right about now... :)

-Danny*** This post was edited by Koaster King 11/24/2003 11:33:24 PM ***

Tuesday, November 25, 2003 9:18 AM
janfrederick's avatar Moosh, I don't know. The Haunted House attraction is rather tongue-in-cheek to begin with. I think they had to go with that. However, I agree that it shouldn't be a dumb comedy as the trailers make it out to be. That's why "Big Trouble in Little China" came to mind...dark, yet funny in a tongue-in-cheek kinda way.

Oh well, what's left? Jungle Cruise? The Adventured of "the" Mark Twain? I don't think we'll see a Thunder Mountain movie any time soon.

Wednesday, November 26, 2003 3:13 PM
I agree with Mamoosh. I'm a Haunted Mansion geek and i know basically the story behind all 999 ghosts. It would be great if they had the whole Gracey story. And a good actor would be appreciated. By the way JanFrederick, about another attraction movie, I heard their already working on a second "Pirates".
Sunday, November 30, 2003 12:32 AM
bobthecoasterguy's avatar Space Mountain: The Movie.

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