It makes me wonder if this movie might not revive the idea of a scarier more macabre "B mode" Haunted Mansion during evening hours. Hope so.Read about this yesterday on empireonline.com i have to say, im quite excited. i was excited the last time though when the other mansion movie was announced. so i just hope this one is a lot better than the last.
thing is though. if you take the concept and storyline of the mansions, they're actually quite dark. and to deliver this on celluloid will need an awful lot dumbing down to keep it more family friendly.
if the film is to contain all the elements that the rides have, than a 12a rating (no less) would be applicable. i know its a family ride, but when you dig deeper and look into the story of the attraction, its actually rather macabre.
it would be cool for del Torro to work with the storyline from Phantom Manor, that seems to have a more coherent storyline, pretty macabre too. the great thing about Torro is also his big use of physical effects rather than all digital, which is why i was SO disappointed with Burton's Alice (so rubbish, so drowned in CGI) for someone who's created incredibly immersive set based films, i was rather sad to see he did a George Lucas on the whole film...
what i'd like? a very dark version of the film, much like Burton's sleepy hollow with all the gags and humor as well as frights. no singing.
PS-agree the CGI was the weakest part (and only occasionally) of Alice. But otherwise it exceeded my expectations by a mile. Great film so I'm not suprised by the success at the box office.