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FAMILY FUN FLICKS 1

HAUNTED MANSION, THE (2003)

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Directed By:
Rob Minkoff

Starring:
Eddie Murphy, Terence Stamp, Nathaniel Parker, Marsha Thomason, Jennifer Tilly, Wallace Shawn, Dina Waters and Aree Davis

Rated PG
Genre: Family Horror/Comedy
Format Used: My Own DVD
Contains: Mild Language, Mild Violence
Also Known As:
DISNEY'S THE HAUNTED MANSION

THE PLOT:

Jim Evers is an overworked Real Estate Agent and so is his wife Sara. They don't get to spend much time with their children Michael and Megan.

All that was about to chance when the big mansion falls into their lap. They want Sara, but she doesn't want to go. Jim with dollar signs in his eyes convinces her to go. Mistake number 1.

They arrive and Jim and the children are not welcomed. They soon learn that the Gracey Manor is haunted and trapped within a curse that Master Gracy feels can only be broken by Sara who looks like the long lost love of his life.

But someone in the house wants to make sure Jim and the kids are out of the way, for good.

ZEDD'S OPINION:

I would love to have been in that meeting. The one where some guy pitched the idea of turning Disneyland rides into movies. The arguement would have been fun to watch. You know someone was dead set against it and lost. Anyway, about the HAUNTED MANSION. It is one of my favorite rides at Disneyland and the movie works well. The basic plot, the iconic scenes from the ride. The cast did a great job, all and all a Disney classic. I give it...10 STARS

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VOLTRON'S OPINION:

I agree with Zedd, horror comedy is a delicate balance between the funny and the scary. THE HAUNTED MANSION has captured that balance. It's funny, it's scary. It may be two scary for kids under eight. So if you plan to rent this for kids under eight you must remember to tell them, it's only a movie. No zombies are coming after them. Pretend, a fake story. Anyway, I give it...10 STARS as well.

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ON THE POSSITIVE SIDE (+ HITS):

+ STORY (Working a story around a ride takes works and they did it well.)
+ CAST (A great cast did a great job.)
+ EFFECTS (Very well made creatures and effects.)
+ BALANCE (Well balanced between the scary and the funny.)

AND FINALLY...

ON THE NEGATIVE SIDE (- MISSES):

- KIDS UNDER 8 (This may be too scary for kids under 8 years old.)

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