‘The Haunted House’: Trailer, release date, cast, and what to expect

The Walt Disney Company is no stranger to adapting its original attractions into feature films.Of course, the most famous and successful example is the Pirates of the Caribbean The series spanned five films in total and created a modern pop culture icon with Captain Jack.Since then, Disney has been working on turning its theme park attractions into feature films, examples include country bear (2002), tomorrow world (2015), and jungle cruise (2021).It’s a concept that shows no signs of stopping eagle eye (2021) Director Bert and Bertie Set to direct a film based on the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. The most worthwhile ride at Walt Disney World is the Haunted Mansion.With its signature visuals and surprisingly deep lore, it should be the perfect candidate for a feature film, and Disney did try to capitalize on 2003’s popular attraction nearly two decades ago. haunted housestarring Eddie Murphy. With a comedian like Murphy in the lead role, you might imagine him to be pretty comical on the road. It’s true that this roller coaster has a very intuitive sense of humor throughout, but the film adaptation lacks the creepy charm of the roller coaster and relies too much on jokes, not to mention stories like The Ghost of the Hatbox and Black Widow’s Bride Nowhere.

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director Justin Simeonthe filmmaker behind dear white people (2014) and former Disneyland actor, looking to adapt the beloved attraction into his own film, with a slew of acclaimed creatives and an absolutely star-studded cast. Judging from their presentation at the D23 Expo in 2022, it looks like a very promising adventure-horror hybrid. To find out what D23 shared behind closed doors and everything else we know so far, just read on.

Editor’s note: This article was last updated on June 25 with the latest trailer.

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When is The Haunted House’s release date?

the spirit of haunted house Your vibes will be received on July 28, 2023. Originally scheduled for release on March 10, 2023, the film was later moved to August 11, 2023, and finally pushed back to the current date. Hopefully, this will be the last change to the highly anticipated film’s schedule.

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Watch the haunted house trailer

Fans of the legendary attraction make their public debut haunted house On March 2, the terrifying trailer premieres. The shot begins with the character Gabbie (Rosario Dawson) and her youngest son Travis (Chase Dillon) when they move into their new home, which is of course the titular haunted house. It doesn’t take long before they realize the home is infested with restless ghouls, leading them to contact an ambitious priest (Owen Wilson), a hapless tour guide (Lakeis Stanfield) and medium-wise (tiffany haddish) to unravel the mystery behind the disturbing residence. Some recognizable ghosts can also be seen in the trailer, such as Black Widow Bride and Hatbox Ghost (Jared Leto).

We also got a long look at the film when Justin Simien took the stage at D23’s Disney and Pixar studio showcase, premiering an extended trailer introducing the New versions of characters and worlds. haunted house. Unfortunately for those unable to attend the showcase, the video is exclusive to the group and has not yet been released online.Thankfully Collider’s own Teresa Laxon attended and wrote an in-depth description of the video, which you can view here.

In a brief recap, the trailer first introduces protagonists Ben, Kent, Gabby and Harriet as they explore the mysterious mansion and eventually find a room similar to the one Madame Leotard lives in, also known as The witch’s head is trapped in the crystal ball. The rest of the trailer showcases more creepy, spooky images and introduces more eccentric characters, like the eccentric college professor (danny devito).

in the first full trailer haunted house, we have a firmer grasp of what’s to come. We see our characters fully aware of their situation and determined to fight back against the spirits haunting their mansion. As we see his blend of horror elements and sense of humor, it’s a solid look at the tone of the film.

Recently, we received a new trailer haunted house On June 8, Ben, played by LaKeith Stanfield, is introduced to the mansion and then moves on to a scene in which various guests are spooked by the mansion’s ghostly inhabitants.

Disney posted a behind-the-scenes clip online on June 23, 2023. The short features Justin Simien and the cast talking about making the film and paying homage to the popular ride that inspired it. The trailer also showcases a new look at the Hatbox Ghost.

What is the plot of “Haunted House”?

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Plot details are fairly thin on the ground, and the trailer doesn’t elaborate much further on the overall plot, but the official synopsis sheds more light on the film’s story:

“A single mum named Gabby hires a guide, a psychic, a priest and a historian to help with an exorcism after discovering their new mansion is haunted.”

We already know Gabi will be played by Rosario Dawson (Ahsoka), LaKeith Stanfield’s (Sorry to bother you) Ben will be the tour guide and Owen Wilson will be the tour guide (Rocky) Kent will be the priest, we assume Tiffany Haddish’s Harriet is the psychic, and Danny DeVito’s unnamed professor is the historian.

As for the upcoming ghost, we do know that the hatbox ghost will almost certainly appear. The Hatbox Ghost, an infamous part of the attraction, has only recently returned to the ride, strongly hinted at in an event played by Jared Leto (mobius). We also know that the bride will also be in the movie, and she’s a character with a lot of backstory. Most “happy haunts” in haunted houses are just that; happy ones. They can be quite scary at times, but in general, they’re not malicious or cruel…except for brides. Born Constance Hathaway, it’s strongly implied that she killed her husband (or husbands) and is now prowling the mansion in search of her next victim. Both of these notorious ghosts are excellent choices for main villains.

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Who is making haunted houses?

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Originally, the horror and special effects legend and Oscar-winning filmmaker behind The Shape of Water (2017), Guillermo del Toro. Like many of del Toro’s projects, this one is not for the accomplished writer/director, but Justin Simeon is a worthy replacement. Simien is one of the most rising stars in storytelling today thanks to his work on two 2014 blockbuster films. dear white people Movie and critically acclaimed Netflix series of the same name. Simeon also has a long history with Disney, as he also has a strong interest in upcoming Disney movies. Lando series.

Although del Toro is no longer directing the project, he’s still credited with writing and writing the film. DV Devincentis (high fidelity) and Katie Dippold (heat) also co-authored. That’s good news for those hoping to see del Toro’s directorial vision for the film, as it could mean that many of his ideas will find their way into the film. Del Toro will also serve as an executive producer.

the rest of the ghost crew is made up of composers Chris Powers (king richard), the photographer Jeffrey Waldron (small fires everywhere),edit Philip J. Battelle (bad hair), product designer Darren Guilford (Gen: Legacy) and costume designers Jeffrey Curran (collateral).

Who is the star of “Haunted House”?

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We’ve already mentioned most of the upcoming major protagonists, including Lakis Stanfield, Owen Wilson, Rosario Dawson, Tiffany Haddish, and Jared Leto. Leto is likely to reprise his role as the Hatbox Ghost, one of the many new cast members announced at D23.the rest of the cast includes Winona Ryder (beetle juice), Dan Levy (Shitter Creek), Hassan Minhaj (daily show),at last, Jamie Lee Curtis (halloween is over), she made her grand debut at the studio showcase in her own Doom Buggy.

Curtis is reportedly set to play Madame Leotard, which means Winona Ryder is likely to play the bride, but we’ll just have to wait and see when these grim ghosts come out to socialize next year.

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