'Haunted Mansion' (PS2/XB/NGC) Ships

by Thomas on Oct. 16, 2003 @ 7:01 a.m. PDT

TDK Mediactive and Disney Interactive announced today that Disney's The Haunted Mansion game has materialized at retail stores throughout North America. Inspired by the theme park attraction that hosts millions of foolish mortals each year, The Haunted Mansion video game is available for PlayStation2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox video game system from Microsoft, and the Nintendo GameCube video game system. Walt Disney Pictures' major motion picture starring Eddie Murphy will debut in November 2003.

In this famous house of wall-to-wall creeps and hot-and-cold running chills, Zeke Holloway must put 999 unwelcome evil spirits to rest while trying to keep himself from being scared to death...literally. Players navigate through ghoulish game environments based on both the attraction and the movie. In addition, players must solve eerie puzzles and uncover tons of hidden clues, passageways and secrets untold to unleash the evil trapped inside this once happy haunting habitat. The beloved spirit in the crystal ball, Madame Leota, provides assistance to the lost souls. Now it is up to Zeke to avoid becoming spirit number 1000!

"The game has really captured the spirit of the Haunted Mansion lore," deadpanned Michael Devine, executive vice president of sales and marketing for TDK Mediactive.

About Walt Disney Pictures' "The Haunted Mansion"

"The Haunted Mansion" comes alive like never before with incredible visual and special effects in this all-new, fun-filled comedy adventure. Shrouded in fog and mystery, the mansion was once a stately antebellum palace that hosted New Orleans' wealthiest. Now it's the creepy and crumbling home to a love struck 19th century gentleman, 999 ghosts, and a hilarious and hair-raising battle for "home rule." Realtor Jim Evers (Eddie Murphy) and his wife and business partner Sara get a call late one night from mansion owner Edward Gracey, who is looking to sell his property. Smelling the biggest deal of their career, Jim, Sara and their two children pay a visit to the mansion, located on a remote bayou. A torrential thunderstorm of mysterious origin strands the Evers family in the old mansion with the brooding, eccentric Gracey, his mysterious butler Ramsley, and a variety of residents both seen and unseen. At first, Jim scoffs at Gracey's stories about ghosts and hauntings, until he unearths the mystery of the mansion and finds that his wife Sara has unexpected connections to its haunted past.

"The Haunted Mansion" is directed by Rob Minkoff ("The Lion King," "Stuart Little") and features stunning special effects and make-up design by six-time Academy Award(R) winner Rick Baker ("An American Werewolf in London," "Men in Black," "The Nutty Professor," "How the Grinch Stole Christmas"), visual effects by Sony Pictures Imageworks, Inc., and sets by Oscar(R)-winning production designer John Myhre ("Elizabeth," "X-Men," "Chicago"). "The Haunted Mansion" opens in theaters nationwide on Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2003.

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