Grim Grinning Ghosts come out to socialize [D23]

Director Justin Simien (“Dear White People,” “Bad Hair,” “Queer for Fear”) really showed his Disney faith at this year’s D23 when he dazzled the audience with his old Disneyland cast ID in front of the entire public. Simien told the crowd that when he wasn’t working, he was always drawn to two rides: Pirates of the Caribbean and the Haunted Mansion. “There was something about the ride that I felt was right there in the script,” he said. “It was funny, but it had a dark edge to it, I felt like I related to it.” Simien assured the audience that his take on “The Haunted Mansion” would be faithful, joking before the exclusive first look began: “I have to make sure all the Easter eggs are there, because I’m a nerd.”

The video begins with a car driving down a scary lane with a “Do Not Enter” sign on the side. A narrator begins to speak and the voice is none other than national treasure, Danny DeVito. Suddenly, things start to look a bit strange…there are paranormal attacks! Explosions! Creepy images from inside the house! “There are no records, only stories,” he says.

A character played by Rosario Dawson discovers plans of the creepy old house and notices that there should be a room at the end of the hallway, but there is no door. Owen Wilson, wearing a hat and jacket, claims to be able to open it, pulling the light torch against the wall before it breaks. LaKeith Stanfield’s character gives it too, looking through the eyes of a portrait on the wall, pulling them in, which opens into a creepy cave with stairs.

The trio grab flashlights and descend the stairs, noting a round table with chairs and a cobweb chandelier above. Stanfield attempts to open a valve in a barrel, releasing liquid that engulfs a flame and scatters light across the room. “This room hasn’t been touched in ages…” BECAUSE IT’S A SEASON ROOM! Unfortunately, Owen Wilson seems to have forgotten about the lucky cross, and we finally see the spirit of Danny DeVito.

A ghost appears in the mirror, strange things begin to happen throughout the house, someone is thrown back with a splash of water, and then … THE Hitchhiker’s GHOSTS APPEAR! Our trio tries to figure out what exactly is going on in this haunted mansion while meeting all the treacherous residents, which may or may not include Jared Leto as the Hat Box Ghost.

The video also confirms that funnyman Hasan Minhaj is part of the cast, along with Winona Ryder and Dan Levy. But the real surprise came after the video. Driving out in a car on stage, the scream queen herself, Jamie Lee Curtis arrives. “There’s one person we had to have, the queen of horror movies,” Simien said. Anderton said the video looked like Disney’s attempt at “The Haunting,” a funny movie but with some serious scary energy.

Here is the official synopsis of the upcoming film:

In this mysterious adventure, a doctor (Dawson) and her 9-year-old son (Dillon), looking to start a new life, move into a strangely accessible mansion in New Orleans, only to discover that the place is much more than that. negotiated. Desperate for help, they contact a priest (Wilson), who, in turn, enlists the help of a widowed scientist-turned-failed paranormal expert (Stanfield), a French Quarter psychic (Haddish), and a historian crotchety (DeVito).

“Haunted Mansion” will begin to haunt theaters on March 10, 2023.

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