Haunted Mansion: release date, trailer, cast, plot and everything we know about the movie (2024)

Haunted Mansion: release date, trailer, cast, plot and everything we know about the movie (1)

It looks like Walt Disney is going to have quite the year in theaters with a number of high-profile releases including Haunted Mansion. The movie joins the ranks of The Little Mermaid, Elemental and Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, as much-talked-about new movies of 2023.

Now what makes Haunted Mansion stand out from its counterparts this summer, is the movie draws its plot inspiration from a ride at the famous Disney amusem*nt parks.

In What to Watch's review, we called it "an effective, spooky nostalgia trip for Disney lovers".

So what else should you know about the movie ahead of its release?Here's everything we know about Haunted Mansion.

Haunted Mansion release date

Haunted Mansion premieres in the US exclusively in theaters on Friday, July 28.

UK would-be viewers will have to wait a little longer, as the film doesn't premiere in cinemas in the country until Friday, August 11.

Haunted Mansion trailer

On May 16, Walt Disney Studios released the official trailer for the film. We have to say, the video clip leads us to believe the movie may be as thrilling as the actual ride.

Check out the Haunted Mansion teaser trailer posted on March 2 featuring some big names in Hollywood.

Haunted Mansion plot

Here is the official brief synopsis of Haunted Mansion:

"Inspired by the classic theme park attraction, Haunted Mansion is about a woman (Rosario Dawson) and her son (Chase Dillon) who enlist a motley crew of so-called spiritual experts to help rid their home of supernatural squatters."

Now for those who aren't as familiar, the Haunted Mansion ride first opened at Disneyland in 1969, and since then has popped up at four other Disney properties. The park attraction takes riders on Doom Buggies through a haunted New Orleans-inspired mansion, as special effects provide thrills and pure amusem*nt. Take a look at the video of the ride below.

Haunted Mansion cast

Haunted Mansion is truly comprised of an all-star cast. At the heart of the movie as the mother named Gabbie is Rosario Dawson. Dawson has starred in a number of projects over the years, including Rent, Dopesick, Daredevil and Luke Cage. More recently, she was spotted in DMZ and Clerks III.

Starring alongside Dawson in Haunted Mansion is Oscar-nominated actress Jamie Lee Curtis. Throughout the decades, Curtis has been seen in some classic films including Trading Place, True Lies and the Halloween movie franchise. She recently has received much critical acclaim for her role as Deirdre in Everything Everywhere All at Once.

Rounding out the esteemed cast are the following:

  • LaKeith Stanfield (Atlanta)
  • Tiffany Haddish (Girls Trip)
  • Owen Wilson (Loki)
  • Danny DeVito (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia)
  • Chase W. Dillon (The Harder They Fall)
  • Dan Levy (Schitt's Creek)
  • Jared Leto (Morbius)

Haunted Mansion director

Justin Simien is behind the lens of Haunted Mansion. This is certainly not Simien's first foray behind the camera, as he's directed Bad Hair, Dear White People the movie and Dear White People the Netflix series. Just to note, as it pertains to the latter three projects, he is also credited as a writer.

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What is the plot of the Haunted Mansion movie? ›

Will there be a Haunted Mansion 2? ›

Summary. Haunted Mansion 2 has not been confirmed by Disney, but it's still a possibility despite the underperformance of the 2023 movie. The success of the 2023 Haunted Mansion on Disney+ will determine whether a sequel is greenlit, with a potential release as a Disney+ exclusive.

What is the Tater Tot cat in Haunted Mansion? ›

Tater Tot, the cat in the final scene, symbolizes closure for Ben and represents a ghostly message from his deceased wife, Alyssa, allowing him to move on and potentially find love with Gabbie.

What is the story behind the Haunted Mansion? ›

The official story is that the Mansion was built by the Imagineers and the Ghost Relations Department in an effort to re-house various ghosts made homeless by the destruction of old haunted buildings. Walt Disney himself stated that the mansion was meant to house lost souls from all over the world, and a sign hung up ...

Who is the killer in Haunted Mansion? ›

In the film, a man named Alistair Crump (Jared Leto) is behind all the hauntings and mysterious deaths. He killed party guests and servants alike in his own mansion, Crump Manor, until the staff revolted and chopped his head off. Crump's ghost shows up in Master Gracey's mansion after Leota accidentally summons him.

Is Haunted Mansion for kids? ›

Haunted Mansion is a comedic, ghost story that has enough laughs and light moments to balance the dark side of this Disney movie. It is still, however, quite scary in parts, which makes it unsuitable for children under 10 years. Parental guidance is recommended for children aged 10-12 due to the supernatural themes.

Is Haunted House 2 inappropriate? ›

Parents Need to Know

It has nonstop sexual content, including tons of crude innuendo and some nudity (female breasts and a male bottom). There are also jokes about racism and bodily functions and even a brief joke about priests and little boys.

Is Haunted Mansion being removed? ›

The Haunted Mansion closed for refurbishment on January 22, 2024, while the Grim Grinning Ghosts materialize an expanded queue and a new retail shop. Since a reopening date has not been announced yet, even Madame Leota cannot predict the expected closure dates for January 2025 at this time.

What happened to Alyssa in Haunted Mansion? ›

Ben's life hasn't been the same since his wife, Alyssa (Charity Jordan), died in a car accident, and so the character was originally slated for a rather devastating ending, as opposed to the more upbeat version that's in theaters now.

What are the bad words in Haunted Mansion? ›

Eddie Murphy's character refers to a ghost having sex with his wife (he uses the phrase "getting jiggy with my wife"). Swear words include "hell;" "ass;" "Christ;" "damn;" and "crap." This title has: Great messages.

Is Haunted Mansion ride scary? ›

The Haunted Mansion is dark and contains some mildly frightening scenes, but there is no gore. The ghostly residents are friendly and the ride is slow-moving.

What happened to Travis' dad in Haunted Mansion? ›

It is never stated how Travis's father died before the events of the film. Travis and Gabbie's surnames are never mentioned in the film. One of the action figures Travis plays with is a posable character of Black Panther. Travis is the only main character in the movie to be a child.

What is the scariest part of The Haunted Mansion? ›

Haunted Mansion is scary, but not too scary. The jump scares are mostly punctuated by jokes, and much like the ride itself, the creepiness comes more from the dread in the atmosphere than any shocking scenes. Sure, the Hatbox Ghost reveal is kinda scary, but the attic scene gets the movie's best buildup by far.

Who cursed The Haunted Mansion? ›

Ramsley appears and reveals himself to be the mastermind of the curse and that he murdered Elizabeth with a poisoned goblet of wine to prevent Master Gracey from abandoning his home and heritage, believing that their relationship was unacceptable due to Elizabeth herself being a woman of color.

Why is there a bullet hole in The Haunted Mansion? ›

There is a real bullet hole in the Haunted Mansion. Near the end of the ballroom scene, two portraits are shooting at each other. Several years ago someone shot at the portraits and put a bullet hole in the glass. Look closely and you can see it, even though it is covered by a spider.

What is the main idea of a haunted house? ›

In “A Haunted House,” Virginia Woolf subverts the genre of the ghost story to explore themes of life and death, love and loss, and the significance of memory. In the Gothic ghost stories of the Romantic and Victorian eras that preceded Woolf's writing, settings often included old, decaying castles or mansions.

Why don't people like the Haunted Mansion movie? ›

For a film that's based on a fun and spooky ride, it failed to deliver on both. Sure, there were funny moments but nothing ever felt fun. It lacked a spirit of adventure, probably due to the nature of confining the plot to a mansion.

What was the curse in Haunted Mansion? ›

They eventually learn that all of the mansion's residents are actually ghosts, cursed a century ago by Gracey and Elizabeth's suicides and can only move to Heaven when they are reunited, and Gracey believes Sara is Elizabeth's reincarnation.

What is the story behind the bride in the haunted mansion? ›

Haunted Mansion gives the Bride — aka Constance Hatchaway, a serial killer who murdered all of her husbands with an ax, and who now haunts the mansion's attic — her time to shine. She doesn't have a critical role in the movie, but her scenes are some of the most memorable parts, which is fitting for the character.


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