The Haunted Mansion (2003)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B

USA, 2003.  Walt Disney Pictures, Gunn Films, Doom Buggy Productions.  Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Eddie Murphy plays a real-estate agent who has been ignoring his family in his devotion to his career. When he and his real-estate partner wife get a call about a beautiful manor in the countryside that is up for sale, they immediately forego their weekend vacation plans and go stay at the spooky old house. When they get there, they find out that its owner () is actually a ghost who thinks that Murphy’s wife is his long lost love. The special effects are excellent, and John Myrrhe’s production design beautiful, but the story doesn’t even try to be coherent.  The direction relies too heavily on Murphy’s trademark humour, which constantly feels out of place. Based on the Disney World ride, the film feels exactly like an Amusement Park experience: quick, momentarily enjoyable and instantly forgettable.

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