The Haunted Mansion came out just months after Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, and while the latter started a franchise, the former didn’t, despite the fact that both of them were comfortably seated together on Disney +. Now I have to make a confession: while I love movies and theme parks, The Haunted Mansion (in both the Disneyland and Walt Disney World iterations) is one of my favorite rides in all theme parks, until recently I never saw it the film The Haunted Mansion. I’d heard it was bad, and since I didn’t want to see a bad movie based on a loved ride, I just skipped it. But last week I corrected that situation and discovered something pretty surprising, which is that The Haunted Mansion is actually good.
I’m not saying it’s an overlooked masterpiece, but on Rotten Tomatoes the film has a 14% fresh rating, and that only goes up to 30% for audience score – and that’s extreme. The movie is fine, and some aspects of it are actually good. If I were to write the review for the film here on CinemaBlend I would give it a solid 3.5 stars.