The Haunted Mansion (2003)

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Horrifyingly funny and outright hilarious as you take a thrilling trip with the Evers family deep in the swamps of bayou. This film has spooky charm that they whole family can love and enjoy no mater what their age might be. We get to see what the inside of the house that we love to have scar us from Disney Land could actually be like and some of the legends that come from it. You don’t have to wonder what going to this house would be like any more as this film takes you there and immerses you into the story like no ride ever could. You get to see just how weird, spooky and terrifying wonderful the house can be and we have the imaginings of director Rob Minkoff and writer David Berenbaum to scar us all the way there. Try it is not really a horror film but it is a pleasant horredy that you will definitely enjoy.

Jim Evers (Eddie Murphy) and his wife Sara Evers (Marsha Thomason) are very successful real estate agents that can sell just about any property that you can think of. They are becoming so successful that it is starting to make a workaholic out of Jim. He just can’t stop selling even when he knows he should be at home or the restaurant with his wife and kids. He is starting to miss out on their lives and it takes his beautiful wife putting her foot down to make sure that he starts paying attention to what is happening around him. She wants them to be a family and not just a business making lots of money. She feels there will be time enough for that after they make time for each other and building love in the family.

The Evers have two children Megan and Michael. Megan (Aree Davis) is a know-it-all teen who seems to be going the no nonsense route of her father while Michael (Marc John Jefferies) is dealing with some fear issues, namely spiders. We see Jim trying to teach his son that he needs to not be so scared and learned to squash the bugs in his life. While trying to get his point across his daughter just comes in, take a magazine and just squashes the bug and rolls her eyes in disgust that her brother couldn’t just get it done and over with. The family is headed for a very bumpy road if they can’t get it all together and they plan on trying to do that at the lake for the weekend. They just have one little stop to make after a late night call about listing a house, a house that is going to change the family’s life forever.

Master Gracey (Nathaniel Parker) is lost and alone and just can’t let go, can’t let go of life that is. He is dead with only the company of his butler Ramsley (Terence Stamp), his chauffeur Ezra (Wallace Shawn) and his housekeeper Emma, all of which are dead as well. They all live or shall we say reside deadally in Gracey manner that is in the swampy confines of the bayou. It takes a clueless paperboy coming to the main gate to get them all active again. Ramsley scared the teen away causing him to drop his papers and flyers that he was carrying. One of the flyers was for Evers and Evers Realistate with their pictures on it. Sara Evers is what really got things stirred up because she seems to be a reminder of what Master Gracy lost while he was still alive. It is Master Gracey’s grief and sadness that is keeping all the spirits of the house bound and unable to move on. Ramsley sees this as an opportunity to finally get some peace and to move on. So he calls the Evers and invites them to come to the manor making sure that they think that they are there to sell the house.

Mishap after mishap befalls the Evers family as they first try to get to the house and then to leave. It takes the meddling of Jim and a ghostly head of Madame Leota (Jennifer Tilly) to get the whole family back together again in a most unexpected way. One of them has to die so that they all might live and pull them all back together again. This is a film that will make you laugh and can even make you cry. There are even parts that will make you jump out of the seat and have your skin crawling in parts of the film. It is all the drama, action, romance and comical horror that makes this film such a charm and a keeper. Watching this film you will not get bored.

I give this film a Musing review of ★★★★★☆