Get ready for a thrilling afterlife when Walt Disney Pictures presents a fun-filled, fright-packed comedy adventure thats loaded with eye-popping special effects and hair-raising laughs. Real estate agent Jim Evers (Eddie Murphy - The Nutty Professor, Dr. Doolittle) and his family come face-to-face with 999 grim, grinning ghosts when theyre stranded in the creepy and crumbling Old Gracey Manor. Now the entire Evers family with the help of supernatural psychic Madame Leota (Jennifer Tilly - Bullets Over Broadway, Liar Liar) must survive an unruly houseful of spirits and strange goings-on in a hilarious battle to break the mansions curse before the clock strikes 13.
Lush production design and sparkling special effects make The Haunted Mansion pretty to look at. Terence Stamp, as a malevolent ghost of a butler, provides a suitable air of menace as he dematerialises to and fro. Marsha Thomason is lovely as a real estate agent hired to sell a haunted mansion, but in truth the ghostly owner of the mansion believes she is the reincarnation of his lost love. Wallace Shawn and Dina Waters make a modestly amusing comic pair as a ghostly husband and wife who bustle about. Jennifer Tilly, as a green disembodied head in a crystal ball, glitters appropriately. The movie also features endless clichés, futile attempts at humour, and Eddie Murphy. If you're looking for a movie based on a Disneyland ride, try the very clever Pirates of the Caribbean instead. --Bret Fetzer