The Haunted Mansion

2006-03-30 12:23
 

Shrouded in fog and mystery, the Gracey mansion was once a stately antebellum palace that hosted New Orleans' wealthiest. Now it's the creepy and crumbling home to a love struck 19th century gentleman and 999 ghastly ghosts.

The fun begins when estate agent Jim Evers (Eddie Murphy) and his wife and business partner Sara get a call late one night from mansion owner Edward Gracey, who is looking to sell his property. Smelling the biggest deal of their career, Jim, Sara and their two children pay a visit to the mansion, located on a remote swamp.

A torrential thunderstorm of mysterious origin strands the Evers family in the old mansion with the brooding, eccentric Gracey, his mysterious butler Ramsley, and a variety of residents both seen and unseen.

At first, Jim scoffs at Gracey's stories about ghosts and hauntings, until he unearths the mystery of the mansion and finds that his wife Sara has unexpected connections to its haunted past...

What the critics are saying:

"Tiny tots might find some bits too scary, grown-ups will crave suspense, and everyone will lament the lack of laughs."
- Matthew Leyland, BBCi Films

"Disney's latest cinematic spin-off of a theme park attraction is a vortex of boredom. The mansion itself looks great, but what happens inside is woefully uninspired."
- Lisa Rose, Newark Star-Ledger

"Director Rob Minkoff tries to strike a balance between funny and scary, but the movie never really generates screams of either kind."
- Bob Townsend, Atlanta Journal-Constitution


Disney have turned yet another of their theme park rides into a movie. Little kids will be scared, big kids will be unimpressed, and adults will probably fall asleep.

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