The movie Haunted Mansion is one of the most important works of 2023 in the genre of horror, comedy, family and mystery. Haunted Mansion was produced with a budget of 150 million dollars. In its first week of release, the film grossed only $25 million, while it was expected to gross at least $30 million.
The opening of the movie Haunted Mansion
The film is a commercial failure. Also, the Screen Actors Guild of America (SAG-AFTRA) went on strike, which resulted in the stars not attending the film’s opening ceremony. Instead, characters like “Cruella” and “The Evil Queen” were present at the ceremony.
The making of the Haunted Mansion movie
The production of the film was first announced in July 2010, and the project has been in various stages of development. In April 2015, Ryan Gosling was in talks to star in the film. In August 2020, it was decided to change the screenwriter and Katie Dippold was hired to write the new script.
In the movie “Haunted Mansion” (2023), the story revolves around a mother named Gabi, who moves to an old and cheap mansion in New Orleans with her 9-year-old son. But soon Gabi realizes that the mansion is haunted by ghosts and they live there as the main residents. To solve this problem and save her family, Gabi is forced to look for helpers. He teams up with a tour guide named Riley, a psychologist named Dr. Williams, a priest named Father James, and a historian named Professor Johnson. The team tries to discover the secrets and codes of the mansion and find a way to release the spirits there.
The cast of Haunted Mansion
In this film, actors such as Rosario Dawson, Kate Stanfield, Owen Wilson, Tiffany Haddish, Danny DeVito, Jared Leto, Jimmy Lee Curtis, Chase Dillon, Winona Ryder, Dan Levy, Hassan Minhaj and many others are present.
Haunted Mansion movie review
Undoubtedly, this movie is mostly saved by the actors. Lockeit Stanfield (Atlanta, Judas and Black Messiah) stars as Ben Mathias. Stanfield gives a strong and emotional performance and is a strong, charismatic hero who is a joy to watch. She is also convincingly played by Rosario Dawson as a single mother and is well complemented by Chase Dillon who portrays her son.
And as mentioned earlier, the cast is rounded out by Danny DeVito and Owen Wilson. Both of them do their best and bring the strange characters to life. These are the two comedians who make this movie fun. On the other hand, Jared Leto as the villain here is a bit of a disappointment. The Oscar-winning actor doesn’t have as much space as he deserves, and so his character as a creepy villain comes across as rather cartoonish and pointless.
All in all, Haunted House presents a fairly good spectacle in its own right. Although it doesn’t bring anything new and is just another remake of the non-original series, it’s overall fun. The successful backgrounds of Haunted House are also great, the location of New Orleans and the accompanying music also create a good mood. A big part of the whole show is its rich cast who understand each other well on screen and form a harmonious team. All in all, it’s not a summer blockbuster, but Haunted Mansion certainly suffices as a good, relaxing movie for the whole family.