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The Haunted Mansion is a film based on the attraction of the same name that was released on November 26, 2003. It stars Eddie Murphy, Terence Stamp, Jennifer Tilly, Wallace Shawn, Marsha Thomason, and Nathaniel Parker.

Summary

Jim Evers is a workaholic real estate agent who has little time for his family, wife Sara, teenager daughter Megan, and ten-year-old son Michael who has arachnophobia. After missing his own wedding anniversary to seal a business deal, he promises his family to go on a weekend away to a nearby lake. Sara is contacted by the occupants of the Gracey Manor, located in the bayou swamps of New Orleans, Louisiana, and an eager Jim drags them along to do business there.

They meet Master Edward Gracey, his stern butler Ramsley, and other staff Emma and Ezra. Master Gracey invites the family to stay the night when a rainstorm floods the nearby river. When Jim is taken to the library by Ramsley, he becomes trapped in a secret passageway. Michael and Megan encounter a "ghost ball" which leads them to the mansion's attic where they find a portrait of a woman resembling Sara. Sara meets Master Gracey who explains that his ancestor's lover Elizabeth Henshaw seemingly committed suicide via poison, and his ancestor followed suit via hanging.

However, Jim encounters gypsy woman Madame Leota, whose head is encased in a crystal ball. After briefly being scared away, Jim and his children learn that all of the mansion's residents are actually ghosts, cursed to be trapped in the mansion until Master Gracey and Elizabeth's ghosts are reunited, and Master Gracey believes that Sara is his lover reincarnated. In order to break the curse, Madame Leota sends the Evers family, minus Sara, into the mansion's cemetery and to a mausoleum to fetch a key.

Jim and Megan locate the key, but awaken all of the mausoleum's undead inhabitants. Thankfully, they escape unharmed, Michael rescuing them and overcoming his fear of spiders. Madame Leota points the Evers to a trunk in the attic, Jim finding an old letter from Elizabeth to Master Gracey with the promise of marriage, revealing that her suicide was false. Ramsley appears and reveals that he murdered Elizabeth to prevent Master Gracey from abandoning his home and heritage. To hide the truth, he traps the children in a trunk and literally throws Jim out of the mansion.

Master Gracey reveals to Sara his ghostly self, and obsessively believes she is Elizabeth. Ramsley approaches Sara and blackmails her into marrying Master Gracey for the sake of her children. During the wedding ceremony, Ramsley poisons Sara's drink with iocane powder so that she will die and return as a ghost and end the curse. Madame Leota gives Jim the confidence to ram his car into the house, save his children and confront the ghosts. He gives the letter to Master Gracey, revealing him the truth about Elizabeth's death, and Master Gracey confronts Ramsley for murdering her.

An enraged Ramsley summons wraiths to kill the group, but a fiery dragon emerges from the fireplace and drags Ramsley into the mouth of the Burning Hells for his actions. Ramsley seizes Jim and attempts to pull him down with him to Hell for ruining his plans, but then Master Gracey rescues Jim while Ramsley is dragged into the Burning Hells forever. Sara succumbs to the poison, but the ghost ball arrives and possesses her body, revealing itself to be Elizabeth's ghost. Elizabeth and Master Gracey kiss, and Sara is revived. In gratitude and seeking redemption, Master Gracey gives the Evers the deed to the house, allowing them to do what they want with it as long as they remain happy. The ghosts all depart the mansion and move on to Heaven.

The film ends with the Evers driving off to the lake, accompanied by Madame Leota and four singing busts who end the film with their own rendition of "When the Saints Go Marching In". After the end credits, Madame Leota bids farewell to the audience and invites them to join the dead.

Cast

Trivia

  • The fact that the mansion is located in New Orleans is a reference to the fact that the original Disneyland attraction is located in New Orleans Square.

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Disney Parks

The Haunted Mansion (Disneyland) | The Haunted Mansion (Magic Kingdom and Tokyo Disneyland) | Mystic Manor | Phantom Manor | Memento Mori

Media

Films: The Haunted Mansion (2003 film) | The Haunted Mansion (live-action film remake) | The Haunted Mansion (Animated Special)
Books: Tales from the Haunted Mansion | Haunted Mansion (comic book) | Disney Kingdoms: The Haunted Mansion | Kingdom Keepers
Video games: The Haunted Mansion (video game) | Walt Disney World Explorer | Kinect: Disneyland Adventures | Disney INFINITY: 2.0 Edition | Disney Crossy Road

Characters

Ghost Host | Madame Leota | The Phantom Five | Caretaker | Hatbox Ghost | Hitchhiking Ghosts | George Hightower | Constance Hatchaway | Raven | Zombies | Edward Gracey | Elizabeth Henshaw | Ramsley | Emma | Ezra | Jim Evers | Sara Evers | Megan Evers | Michael Evers | Zeke Holloway | Friendly Ghosts | Atticus Thorn

Miscellaneous

Grim Grinning Ghosts | Gracey Manor | Tarot Cards | Iocane Powder | Beacon of Souls | Bravery Tonic | Soul Gem | Order of Shadows

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