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October 28, 2015
The perfect encapsulation of Murphy's era of reining it in. Lacks in humor, scares, adventure and does, however, have plenty of strangely out-of-place shots of people who committed suicide. Even though the story and FX are right out of the great Disney ride it's based on, a 90 minute movie should try harder than a 6 minute theme-park attraction.
October 18, 2015
10/18/2015: Meh. There were s few funny moments, but that was about it. Pretty disappointing considering the pretty decent cast.
½ October 17, 2015
What could have been a creepy, nostalgic visual journey immediately becomes filled with recycled jokes and gags too cheesy for most children.
October 17, 2015
Tiresome and not funny at all. Such a waste of time, could have been a great movie too if it was done properly!
½ October 10, 2015
A waste of talent, including Terrance Stamp, Wallace Shawn, and Jennifer Tilly. I hated listening to the commentary for this because I could tell that they really tried their best but they know that they produced a bad product.
October 5, 2015
This is a good example of a film where the premise is promising, but the outcome doesn't really deliver. It's actually a great kids film, but the only problem is that some scenes may be too scary for kids. Adults, on the other hand, will find the movie pretty unfunny. With Eddie Murphy in the lead role it should be way more laughable, but there's maybe one good chuckle in the whole movie.

Nonetheless, it's intriguing in the sense that it takes place in a mysterious mansion and much of the plot being uncovered when real estate agent, Jim Evers (Murphy), and his family get trapped inside after Evers gets asked to represent the home on the market. Little do they know the mansion owner has his own agenda and secrets to hide.

It's an obvious vehicle for Disney to promote their ride of the same name. Not that we always mind it (e.g. Pirates of the Caribbean) but when a premise is stretched thinly and the film still only comes in at under 90 minutes it's safe to say that they don't have much to work with. And with a ride that has so much potential for a brilliant story, we get stuck with a film that doesn't really live up to expectations.

Although large portions of the film lack any substantial plot development, it's enjoyable to watch the family explore and discover the secrets that the mansion hides. But the information that we get is received in clumps at a time. I won't give anything away, but there is a curse involved in the movie and the details of said curse are highly convoluted and evoke so many questions to the viewer that the film loses a lot of credibility in the process.

But the set pieces are great. The filmmakers do a good job replicating the feel of the ride itself. Children will be awed by the mystery of the whole story and even though they may not understand certain plot details, it will definitely spark their imagination.

With a better script I would love to see Disney try this one again. Not that we can't like 2003's Haunted Mansion for what it is, but it's nowhere near having a "modern classic" status.

Twizard Rating: 64
August 1, 2015
Save some fun special effects, the film is inconsistent in tone and feels literally written by the creative department as opposed to actual writers
½ August 1, 2015
The Haunted Mansion is such a dreadful family feature that it fails to deliver laughs or offer scares
½ July 13, 2015
The spooks within the replicated atmosphere were sporadic with successful effects from the mortals' perspectives but rarely broke the screen, which makes them dull in contrast to the ride as the opportunity to be scary was squandered. However, the faithfulness was attempted with some tries as in to the story, elements and figures and somewhat enlarging the vision in an unbalanced flow, with humor as a bonus. Although inferior to both the ride and its next-door neighbor's more successful turnout, it's at least enjoyable to watch with little satisfaction. (B)

(Full review coming soon)
July 10, 2015
The jokes and the horror are on the viewer.
½ July 3, 2015
This movie has a good amount of acting talent in it, but the result absolutely dreadful. One of the worst movies I've ever seen. As one reviewer put it, it's neither scary nor funny. Which doesn't leave much else. That's about all you need to know. I'll give it 1/2 star for the acapela-singing ghost busts.
June 19, 2015
A dull, unfunny Eddie Murphy film.
June 11, 2015
The Haunted Mansion isn't funny, scary, or enjoyable. It's boringly directed and unbelievably silly how when the family comes to the mansion it takes them half the movie to realize that it's haunted. The plot is unoriginal too. Kids might enjoy it, but I think they'll prefer the ride more.
June 7, 2015
Great film. But the mans wife (Sara) doesn't twig that Mr. Graceys' 'Grandfather' hung himself I mean if his grandfather hung himself Mr. Gracey would never have been born. She doesn't even twig at that.
½ June 5, 2015
Of all the things, here's where I'll nitpick: When the children find a floating glowing ball and they instantly think that "it" wants them to follow it. Yeah, f*$# that float-y ball.
May 17, 2015
Just a flat-out stupid rediculous story. A stupid reason to bring the Disney park ride to the screen.
April 15, 2015
A rather smart Eddie Murphy children's movie that has enough strategy to even keep adults entertained.
½ April 1, 2015
This movie after seeing it recently isn't my favorite. As a kid i loved it but then re-watching it my opinion changed. I thought i would of liked it due to Eddie Murphy but i didn't the acting that the other people did was terrible and not good.
March 26, 2015
It's a kids film not a very good one. However, it has some fun moments.
½ March 16, 2015
While not the best interpretation of a cherished attraction like Pirates of the Caribbean, The Haunted Mansion does capture the charm and spirit of one of my favorite Magic Kingdom attractions
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