Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Del Toro talks plot of The Haunted Mansion

Thanks to our fiends over at DC for the head's up on this story.
I know I have been a little Haunted Mansion heavy lately, but I think a lot of people are excited about this newly announed project. Del Toro just finished an interview with MTV about this film, and had this to say about the plot:

"The storyline for 'The Haunted Mansion' and the ride is quite open," he explains to MTV. "We are taking sort of the core mythology that you can tap into and saying that there are many mansions around the world and they're all part of a sort of web. The spider sitting at the center of the web is what the fans of 'The Haunted Mansion' would know by the nickname the Hatbox Ghost, which is a beautiful creature that was created but there's a legend that it was discarded on the first day of the ride's operation because it was too scary. I like that legend, but the reality is that the imagineers could not make the illusion work, so they took it out. It's more or less where the bride is in the attic on the way out of the mansion, but it's such a great character that there is literally a cult for the Hatbox Ghost amongst hardcore 'Haunted Mansion' fanatics, and I'm one of them."

The movie I see in my head of 'Haunted Mansion' is not what I believe anyone is imagining it would be. It's not just a regular world with a haunted mansion plopped in the middle. I'm really thinking of a movie with a heightened reality, which is super designed, incredibly innovative, narratively and visually. When people think of 'The Haunted Mansion,' they think they know [what it's about]. But I really want to push a lot of stuff that they have not seen ever."

What do you all think?


  1. Sounds promising to me! I've never actually seen the mansion in person, but I think this sounds like it could really bring the ride to true cinematic life!

  2. I am loving this idea! I really hope this happens. Thanks for keepin up on track with this project!


  3. I cannot wait for this film!!! Yes! The Hatbox Ghost will finally get his rightful place in horror history!!!
    I just put up my article on the Mansion (the ride) last night. Love that ride "to death" >;)
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    Petunia Scareum