If you’ve been on the Haunted Mansion attraction at Disney’s theme parks, you know what to expect. Mysteriously stretching portraits, ghosts galore, hot and cold running chills… some of us even know the opening greeting by heart. But if you’re an unsuspecting family moving into what you think is a lovely new home? Well, the presence of the supernatural would probably take you by surprise. The latest trailer for Disney’s Haunted Mansion movie shows just that scenario when Gabbie (Rosario Dawson) learns a vanilla-scented candle will not chase the ghosts away. And there are many, many ghosts.
So basically, Gabbie and her son move into their new haunted home and supernatural shenanigans greet them. She recruits help from a ragtag group who offer nothing but questionable advice and skills. These new faces blend in with our favorite characters from the ride. The trailer features plenty of the fan-favorite Hatbox Ghost (Jared Leto), with his disturbingly removable ghost head. We get all kinds of creepy vibes from him. Plus, we see Jamie Lee Curtis as Madame Leota in full floating head form. And yes, that is Winona Ryder that you see in the Haunted Mansion trailer.
Here’s the Haunted Mansion movie’s official synopsis:
Inspired by the classic theme park attraction, Haunted Mansion is about a woman and her son who enlist a motley crew of so-called spiritual experts to help rid their home of supernatural squatters.
We feel optimistic about the tone of the trailer. It seems to perfectly capture the “it’s scary, but it’s silly” vibes of the Haunted Mansion ride. Also? What a top-notch cast. The movie’s line-up includes LaKeith Stanfield, Tiffany Haddish, Owen Wilson, Danny DeVito, Rosario Dawson, Chase W. Dillon, Dan Levy, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Jared Leto.
Haunted Mansion arrives in theaters on July 28.
Originally published on March 2, 2023.