Oscar-winning director Guillermo del Toro truly loves classic horror. You can see the fingerprints of Creature from the Black Lagoon all over The Shape of Water and the impact of Hammer horror films in Crimson Peak. But another classic spooky part of pop culture that del Toro adores is Disney’s Haunted Mansion ride. His deep love for it goes back to his childhood visits to Disneyland on trips to California. del Toro loves the ride so much, in fact, that he has a whole room in his house dedicated to it. A room that he recently revealed he has expanded. And, for the curious, Guillermo del Toro even shared photos of his Haunted Mansion room via social media. And you can check them out in full size as well just below.
Fans can spot many elements of the classic Disney attraction in this room. Of course, there’s the infamous Hatbox Ghost, as well as the floating head of Madame Leota in her crystal ball. The portraits from the stretching room feature in del Toro’s Haunted Mansion room. Also pictured are most of the enchanted paintings from the portrait gallery. In fact, the Medusa portrait over his fireplace is actually the original by legendary Disney artist and Imagineer Marc Davis and not a reproduction. You can sense all 999 Happy Haunts just by looking at the photos of del Toro’s Haunted Mansion room. We can only hope he shares more soon.
As some of you might recall, at Comic-Con 2010, Disney announced del Toro was producing a Haunted Mansion film. Despite working on it for years, Disney ultimately chose to go another route with the final product. It seems del Toro was hoping to make something that was family-friendly yet still legitimately spooky.
Judging from the Haunted Mansion film released last year, what Disney was looking for was more of a big-budget sitcom. While his Haunted Mansion Disney movie never saw the light of day, it’s nice to know that del Toro has not lost his love for the timeless Disney Parks attraction.