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“Foolish Mortals” documentary will take an in-depth look at Haunted Mansion fan culture

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Ever since its debut in 1969, Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion has been a cornerstone of theme park fandom. Undeniably one of the most beloved attractions in Disney history, the Haunted Mansion continues to draw countless new devotees with each successive generation, and to inspire boundless creativity in its passionate group of followers.

Now one fan is seeking to explore the world of Haunted Mansion fan culture and take an in-depth look into the reasons why so many have fallen under the attraction’s charms over the past 47 years. The Kickstarter campaign for the upcoming documentary “Foolish Mortals” is currently underway.


From the “Foolish Mortals” press release:

Monster Movie Media and Octacle are producing a documentary about fans of the iconic Disney attraction, The Haunted Mansion. The film will be produced by Ryan Grulich and directed by the host of the “Creepy Kingdom” podcast, James H. Carter II.

The film plans to answer the question: what is it that about a creepy dark ride in the middle of the happiest place on earth that draws so many different types of people to it? The crew will be traveling all over the country to talk with hardcore Haunted Mansion fans to discuss how this attraction has impacted their lives.

Already scheduled to appear in the film is Imagineer Terri Hardin, artist Nora See, special effects creator Robert Kurtzman, artist Topher Adam, and ‘Skin Wars’ contestant Dutch Bihary.

Visit the official “Foolish Mortals” website to learn more about the project, or simply go directly to the project’s Kickstarter page to pledge your support!



  1. This is awesome! It makes me proud to be a part of Disney Fandom to see fans put such hard work into a passion project!

  2. Figgs

    I cannot even tell you how disappointed I am in the Kickstarter campaign that was put together for this project. It’s going to fall $40,000 short of its $50,000 budget. There is no way around it – it was a complete and total disaster. Totally bungled. This project had SUCH potential! There is a huge following for the Haunted Mansion, and all these guys had to do was put together a coherent, sensible campaign. But nope, it was thoroughly mismanaged. They left SO much money on the table! The rewards were not put together well, the numbers of specific rewards was not high enough, they had “mystery rewards” that gave no hint of what you were getting, and when people even BEGGED them to create more reward levels so they could bid more and get more in return, their response was that the bidders should pledge a random amount that would include all the rewards they wanted! Never mind that they were effectively telling the bidders to run their campaign for them, and never mind that by having to combine packages you would be double, triple, or even quadruple buying the streaming copy of the film. These filmmakers should be ashamed of this fiasco.

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