Sunday, June 04, 2006

A Haunting Look...

Hi Ghost Fans!

Many people know that the Haunted Mansion was partially inspired by the 1963 film, The Haunting. Most notably is the Corridor of Doors with its constant banging and buldging of doors. Perhaps in tradition, the producers of The Haunted Mansion film wanted a little bit of the Haunting in their movie as well.

Gunnar Ahmer is a well known artist in the film world. He has created numerous paintings for films with amazing detail. He has been known to recreate many real paintings with stunning accuracy. One of his more famous works is in the 1999 remake of the Haunting. The house is overshadowed with a large painting of the previous owner of the mansion, Hugh Crain. For the 2003 Haunted Mansion film, Gunnar was employed to create all of the paintings within the mansion. This meant several in the bedrooms that the camera never saw, a few in the library, the one that Jim walked out of, the changing portraits and the painting of Edward Gracey and Elizabeth. Sadly, most of these paintings were never seen in the film. If you own the DVD, be sure to check out the tours of the 2nd floor bedrooms where some more paintings can be found, and also check out the set photos.


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