Jamie Lee Curtis, who will play Madame Leota in 2023 The haunted house, offers a few details about the new movie. Disney+ is no stranger to the horror genre lately, with the Marvel release Werewolf at night and the sequel to campy legacy Hocus pocus 2 represents both ends of the ghostly spectrum this season. 2023 will see a bigger boost of horror titles on the streaming service, as well as an increase in horror comedy, with the highly anticipated reboot of The haunted house.
Based on the popular Disneyland ride, the original haunted house Eddie Murphy played Eddie Murphy as a workaholic real estate agent who wrestled with ghosts, ghouls and his family in the titular mansion. The film functioned as a family comedy and was critically panned upon its release in 2003, although it made a modest profit at the box office. The haunted house has earned a devoted cult following over the years due to its nostalgic factor and success on home media. However, it didn’t spawn any sequels or spin-offs until two decades later, similar to the legacy trajectory of Hocus Pocus.
In conversation with Weekly entertainment, Curtis discussed her upcoming role in The haunted house, offering as much information as she could about the film. While humorously citing Disney’s extreme secrecy as the reason for her reluctance, she did offer an intriguing detail: “Never in my life have I worn costumes so beautifully as [the ones] made for me by Jeffrey Kurland in this movie.” Curtis also provided some insight into the overall tone of the film, describing it as: “scary like a Disney ride, and funny.” Check out Curtis’s full quote below:
“I think they found the sweet spot of scary, funny and adventure. You know, it’s cooking. I barely cook, I try to cook 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 sweet? And from what I see and what I’ve heard, Justin has made something delicious. It’s modern, fresh, old-fashioned and scary, but not scary like a monster movie. It’s scary like a Disney ride, and funny When you go on that ride there’s a lot of humor and the scary spooky stuff I’m giving something away – suddenly Disney comes in and grabs me by the throat and pulls me out and hit me I’ve never in my life worn such beautiful costumes as [the ones] made for me by Jeffrey Kurland [Haunted Mansion costume designer] in this movie – in my life. That’s my big secret!”
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In the new film, set in New Orleans, a single mother (Rosario Dawson) will move into the home of the same name with her son, soon enlisting the help of a historian, a priest, a psychic, and a paranormal investigator to help the house. to drive out. The haunted house will feature an impressively stacked cast including Tiffany Haddish, Dawson, LaKeith Stanfield, Owen Wilson, Danny DeVito, Jared Leto, Winona Ryder, Dan Levy, Hasan Minaj and Curtis himself. Curtis will play the role of Madame Leota, a spirit cloaked in a crystal ball originally played by Jennifer Tilly, in the film. Tilly was famously underused in the original film with a very small role. Based on her wardrobe comments, it seems likely that Curtis will play a bigger role than Tilly’s, giving Curtis as a long-standing scream queen and “last girl” more time to star as Leota.
Curtis’ comments confirm that: The haunted house reboot isn’t going for outright horror, opting instead to tread the line between family-friendly, funny, and creepy to appeal to the broadest audience and pay tribute to the original. Her description of the film as “modern, fresh, [and] old fashioned” show a contrast that probably results from the use of nostalgia, while also giving a contemporary twist to the story. Viewers can judge how successful that balance is for themselves when The haunted house comes out in theaters on March 10, 2023.
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