In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, “Halloween Ends” star Jamie Lee Curtis spoke about the new “Haunted Mansion” film scheduled to hit theaters on August 11, 2023.
“I think they found the sweet spot of scary, funny, and adventure,” Curtis said. “You know, it’s cooking. I barely cook, I attempt cooking all the time, and it’s all ingredients, and then the mix and the time, and it’s always hard to know, are you going to make something yummy? And from what I’m seeing, and what I’ve heard, Justin [Simien] has made something yummy.”
Justin Simien directs the second attempt at a “Haunted Mansion” film, unrelated to the 2003 film starring Eddie Murphy.
Curtis said the new film is “modern, fresh, old-fashioned, and scary, but not scary like a monster movie. It’s scary like a Disney ride, and funny. If you go on that ride, there’s a lot of humor as well as the scary, ghost-y stuff.”
“I’m giving something away — all of a sudden Disney’s going to come in and grab by the throat and take me out and pummel me,” Curtis continued. “I have never in my life worn costumes as beautiful as [the ones] made for me by [“Haunted Mansion” costume designer] Jeffrey Kurland in this movie — in my life. That’s my big secret!”
The film follows a doctor (Rosario Dawson) and her 9-year-old son (Chase Dillon) moving into the Haunted Mansion in New Orleans. Dawson’s character ends up calling in a priest (Owen Wilson) to exorcise the mansion. They also get help from a widowed scientist-turned failed-paranormal expert (LaKeith Stanfield), French Quarter psychic (Tiffany Haddish), and a historian (Danny DeVito).