It smacks of tempting fate to start a movie with the words, "Welcome foolish mortals," even if they greet riders of the Disney theme park attraction that inspired this mildly spooky comedy. Fortunately, the eerily uttered threat is more a goofy warning than a comment on the film's quality. During the mid-19th century, a lavish ball at the titular mansion turns to tragedy when a beautiful bride-to-be poisons herself and, in true Romeo and Juliet
fashion, her devastated betrothed commits suicide. As a result, the mansion's residents are all condemned to dwell forever in a ghostly state. In the present day, eager real-estate salesman Jim Evers (Eddie Murphy), arm...