Sunday, August 26, 2007

A Chilling Challenge: Knock Down the Zombies

Greetings Ghost Fans,

This week, we take a look at what appears to be a continuity error from The Haunted Mansion film. What is now an error was originally from a small part of the plot, deemed to... corny to be released with the final film.

When Jim and Megan are down in the Crypt searching for the key, they unknowingly wake the dead and then struggle to escape. At one point, Megan backs up against a wall and is then helped up by Jim. But whats this? The zombies are up on the platform as well, even some are blocking the bridge that they are standing on. After a quick shot of their feet running, the zombies have disappeared. Where did they go?

The answer is this: In an earlier version of the movie, once Jim helped Megan onto the platform, they were surrounded by zombies with no way of escape. By Megans suggestion, Jim could twirl her around, like he used to when she was a baby. By using her body as an old style slingshot, they knocked the zombies down and some off of the platform entirely allowing them to escape. This part of the film was shot entirely and was even shown to early test audiences, but it was felt that it ruined the scene altogether.


Blogger Andy Castro said...

They felt it would ruin the scene altogether?

And they didn't think that Eddie Murphy would ruin the entire film?

2:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Murphy did a good job with what he had to work with. He normally plays off of otehr actors/actresses. In this case, he followed the script entirely, and the writing sucked.

Murphy can carry a movie whenever he needs's just sad that he didn't get more help this time around.

12:34 PM  

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