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4.0 out of 5 stars Scary for Kids, Tame for Adults, But Fun
Jim Evers is committed to his real estate business, almost to the exclusion of his wife, also his partner in business, and kids. When they are offered an exclusive listing on a stately manor outside of town, it's too much for him to resist, and he insists on stopping on the way to a weekend trip. While they are eating dinner (they didn't seem to have much of a choice),...
Published on 22 April 2004 by Mark Baker

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2.0 out of 5 stars Scarily Bad.
The Haunted Mansion is directed by Rob Minkoff and written by David Berenbaum. It stars Eddie Murphy, Terence Stamp, Marsha Thomason, Nathaniel Parker and Jennifer Tilly. Music is by Mark Mancina and cinematography by Remi Adefarasin. Based on the Disney Park attraction of the same name, film finds Murphy as real estate agent Jim Evers, a man who is so driven by his work...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Scary for Kids, Tame for Adults, But Fun, 22 April 2004
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Mark Baker (Santa Clarita, CA United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Haunted Mansion [DVD] [2004] (DVD)
Jim Evers is committed to his real estate business, almost to the exclusion of his wife, also his partner in business, and kids. When they are offered an exclusive listing on a stately manor outside of town, it's too much for him to resist, and he insists on stopping on the way to a weekend trip. While they are eating dinner (they didn't seem to have much of a choice), a fierce storm comes up they are trapped for the night. The old place is creepy, however. As the characters get separated, they start to find strange things going on. Slowly, Jim and his kids begin to realize they must solve a mystery if any of them are going to get out alive.
Unfortunately for this movie, it came out so soon after PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN that the comparisons would be inevitable. It had huge shoes to fill, and comes up short. It is a fun movie in its own right, however, and deserves a look. The plot turns into a decent mystery that had me confused for most of the time. It does feature family movie cliches (workaholic dad, kid with a certain fear they'll have to over come), but builds in enough other plot elements these are kept to a minimum. Fans of the ride at Disneyland will find lots of fun nods to the inspiration to keep them entertained. There are funny moments throughout the movie. Probably my favorite gag was with the singing busts. I may have been the only person in the theater to get it, but any fan of barbershop quartets will appreciate it.
I've never been a fan of Eddie Murphy, and I did find his over the top acting to be annoying. But the other actors stepped up to the plate and kept me intrigued in spite of the lead. I especially enjoyed seeing Wallace Shawn in a hilarious turn as one of the mansion's servants trying to help Jim and the kids solve the mystery.
Don't be deceived, this movie will scare young kids. It is half comedy and half jump fest that works remarkably well. It's a tad creepier then the ride, so don't just use that as a guide. It would probably be best to watch it first and determine how your kids will react.
Disney has done this DVD right with a nice widescreen transfer and surround sound. In addition, they've got some great behind the scenes features and my favorites - outtakes and deleted scenes.
Those looking for a light scary movie will enjoy this. Just make sure your kids won't get nightmares first. A good film to make a family Halloween tradition.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great family fun, 9 Jan 2010
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This was bought for my 10 year old daughter at Christmas and watched by the whole family. It has quite scary images in parts for younger children, but Edddie Murphy difuses the atmosphere with his usual energy and wit. Really enjoyed watching this and certainly not just a kids film. Great entertainment!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Scarily Bad., 9 Mar 2012
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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The Haunted Mansion is directed by Rob Minkoff and written by David Berenbaum. It stars Eddie Murphy, Terence Stamp, Marsha Thomason, Nathaniel Parker and Jennifer Tilly. Music is by Mark Mancina and cinematography by Remi Adefarasin. Based on the Disney Park attraction of the same name, film finds Murphy as real estate agent Jim Evers, a man who is so driven by his work he neglects to notice he is neglecting his family. Setting off for a weekend family trip, it is no surprise that when a call comes through to go see about another property to be sold, Evers whisks all the family out to the bayou mansion with him. What is a surprise is that this mansion is haunted and a curse threatens to engulf the Evers family when they are forced by bad weather to spend the night there.

Well it has lovely colour photography, a production set of some excellence by John Myhre, great costumes from Mona May, nifty effects by Jay Redd and Rick Baker once again delivers quality make up work. But these high points are part of a very bad movie. Script is lazy, almost as lazy as Murphy's performance in actual fact, front line cast members are playing second fiddle to the outright homage of the park ride itself. As film progresses the plot becomes a Whirling Dervish of style over substance, where it is neither funny or scary. The very young will be transfixed by the noise, motions and images, those from teenager upwards will surely know they have been conned by the mighty house of the mouse. 3/10
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 5 July 2014
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Arrived just as it said.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and frightening at the same time, 25 Jun 2014
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Saw this in America this year and then bought the DVD over here. It's brilliantly funny and also unexpected performances by Stamp and Murphy bordering on the brilliant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Family Film, 1 May 2014
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This has got to be one of Eddie Murphy's best movie's. He is funny and magical. My daughter loves it! Real family entertainment. As always Eddie Murphy can't do any wrong.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great family entertainment, 18 April 2014
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great film for all the family of all ages ! most enjoyable and worth watching at any time of year
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5.0 out of 5 stars amazing film!! Disney classic!!, 18 April 2014
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amazing film, a true Disney classic starring Eddie Murphy!! very spooky, mysterious, entertaining and well worth watching!! brilliant!! highly recommended!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD, 3 April 2014
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Mt son loves this film and we only had it on video, so I saw this copy and brought it for him and he is very happy with it. Great price and even though it is used that does not bother us or affect the quality.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Better than purgatory..., 14 Jan 2014
Realtor workaholic Jim Evers and his wife and business partner Sara gets 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 bayou.

A torrential thunderstorm strands the Evers family in the old mansion with the brooding, eccentric Gracey, his mysterious butler, Ramsey, 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....

The thing is when you base a film on a theme park ride, you cannot help but use the same story and narrative. This film could have been done very seriously and been made into something that could have had the potential to be quite scary, but even Disney wouldn't take that gamble.

The film is fine, Murphy is the reason to watch this, but the film is rarely funny and never scary. We move from set piece to set piece, with okay effects and learning that work isn't everything, but family is for life.

Stamp is good, but looks embarrassed, and it gets a little too long in the tooth.
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