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


What is the plot of the Haunted Mansion movie? ›

What will the new Haunted Mansion movie be about? ›

The film follows a single mother and her son who move into the Haunted Mansion, which is in New Orleans. While the film tries to utilize the setting of New Orleans in some decently authentic ways, the rest of the plot and character development is so generic that they fail to make viewers more engaged in the setting.

Is a Haunted Mansion okay for a 7 year old? ›

The movie is rated PG-13, according to the MPAA rating system for some thematic elements and scary action. Several users on International Movie Database said it also contained some profanity.

Will Eddie Murphy be in Haunted Mansion? ›

Unfortunately, he's not. The actor does not make an appearance in the new film, despite being in first adaptation of the Disney ride. The Original Cast of 'Haunted Mansion': Where Are The Stars Now?

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.

Who is the main ghost in Haunted Mansion? ›

The Hatbox Ghost, a.k.a. Alistair Crump, is the main villain of The Haunted Mansion 2023. Depicted as a ghost whose head can flicker between his shoulders and the hatbox that he carries around, Crump is an unsettling spirit with a mysterious background.

How does the haunted mansion movie end? ›

The ghosts haunting the mansion won't let anyone leave, and Ben discovers a dark and vengeful spirit controlling the house. With teamwork and a willing sacrifice, the group banishes the spirit and decides to stay in the haunted mansion, celebrating with a Halloween party.

What happened to Ben's wife in Haunted Mansion? ›

Ben eventually married Alyssa and became entranced with her belief in the supernatural. He builds a camera that can detect ghosts, but she dies in a car accident and in a state of grief, puts his equipment away, becoming a ghost tour guide himself.

Is the new Haunted Mansion ok for kids? ›

“Haunted Mansion,” rated PG-13 for “some thematic elements and scary action,” is based on the Disneyland ride of the same name. The movie features a mother, played by Rosario Dawson, and her son, played by Chase Dillon, who move into a haunted home in Louisiana and learn they cannot leave.

Is We have a ghost Kid friendly? ›

Rated PG-13 for language, some sexual/suggestive references and violence.

Is Haunted Mansion too scary for a 4 year old? ›

I would say the movie is best for more mature kids, but if your kiddo is not phased by jump scares and creepy things, by all means let them watch it. Regarding suicide: 1. The Ghost Host in the ride this movie is based on committed suicide, so this movie deals with the subject. 2.

Can a 1 year old ride Haunted Mansion? ›

You will need to have your baby face forward on any attractions that have a lap bar, such as Dumbo the Flying Elephant and Haunted Mansion. Your baby may remain in a carrier on boat or vehicle-style attractions such as Pirates of the Caribbean and “it's a small world”.

Who is in the black coffin in Haunted Mansion? ›

The Haunted Mansion: The Black Widow Bride

Here, he is said to be none other than Frank Banks, one of Constance Hatchaway's unfortunate husbands.

Who is the zombie in Haunted Mansion? ›

They are a group of a dozen or so skeletal zombies resting in the Gracey Mansion graveyard's mausoleum. They were portrayed by Jeremy Gilbreath, Dorian Martin, and Anthony Woods. Like the other ghosts and undeads in the mansion, the zombies were cursed to suffer life after death.

Is Haunted Mansion 2 related to 1? ›

Despite repeating some names and gags from Disney's shorter (and superior) “The Haunted Mansion,” the new film is neither a sequel nor a true retread of that 2003 movie, and viewers should feel no need to preface their viewing with the original.

What is the purpose of the Haunted Mansion? ›

The Haunted Mansion is a dark ride attraction located at Disneyland, Magic Kingdom, and Tokyo Disneyland. Although differing slightly in each location, the attraction places riders inside a haunted manor infested with "999 happy haunts". At Disneyland Paris, the attraction is called Phantom Manor.

What was the curse in Haunted Mansion? ›

Upon Edward's death, a curse was cast over the mansion and everyone inside the mansion (including Ramsley) all died and have been turned into ghosts.

Why was there a curse in Haunted Mansion? ›

In the 2003 film, the Haunted Mansion is apparently cursed in its entirety due to its owner Edward Gracey having had commit suicide after his butler Ramsley murdered his bride Elizabeth and faked the death as suicide.

What is the scariest part of the Haunted Mansion? ›

“Haunted Mansion” is true to the beloved Disneyland ride, which never gets any scarier than the elongated walls and hanging silhouette of the mansion lobby.


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