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Guillermo's HAUNTED MANSION Hatbox Ghost?

Hey folks, Harry here...  Some HAUNTED MANSION geeks  have been scouring the web looking for indications of life for their project.   And over at Illusion Industries' website in their DESIGN area, they found something that looks like Bernie Wrightson's HATBOX GHOST.    Now...  so far as I know, Wrightson has never designed a HATBOX GHOST, but damn if that didn't stop ILLUSION INDUSTRIES from doing something that looks exactly like that.   ALSO...   According to ILLUSION INDUSTRIES list of projects, they haven't been tapped to do work for HAUNTED MANSION, and given they haven't worked with Guillermo in the past...  well, it probably means that they do not have a gig on Guillermo's HAUNTED MANSION.

So, what is this?

First of all - that is absolutely the way I'd love to see the HATBOX GHOST looking in Guillermo's production of HAUNTED MANSION.   I'd love one of these at geek headquarters and whomever the sculptor is...  they're fairly godlike in my opinion, that's just awesome.

This could be one of several things.   A sculptor at Illusion Industries could have just been a fan of Disneyland's HAUNTED MANSION and of Bernie Wrightson and just did this because he knew that it must be sculpted by him because the world would destroy itself if it didn't happen.   It could be that Guillermo has asked a selection of companies to bid via creating a HATBOX GHOST and he'll decide which companies work on it based upon their interpretation.   Or someone could have commissioned them to create this just because they're a huge fan and had the money to pay for it.   IF it is for Guillermo's HAUNTED MANSION, and ILLUSION INDUSTRIES posted it on their website...  well, there'll be angry calls soon.   But honestly, it just looks like something done with a ton of love and talent to me.   Let us bask in its glory!


Ye of little faith, no sooner does this story go out than I get an email from someone with a REAL HATBOX GHOST by Guillermo!   Thanks Frank!

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  • March 21, 2012, 7:23 p.m. CST

    !st to say u are REACHING

    by the Green Gargantua

  • March 21, 2012, 7:24 p.m. CST

    Like Del Toro is ever actually going to make a movie again

    by Detective_Fingerling

    He is stuck in developmental hell.

  • March 21, 2012, 7:25 p.m. CST

    Speaking of Wrightson, I would LOVE to see the Frankenstein make-up test....

    by the Green Gargantua

  • March 21, 2012, 7:25 p.m. CST

    and would love even more SOME PACIFIC RIM CONCEPT ART

    by the Green Gargantua


  • March 21, 2012, 7:29 p.m. CST

    Eddie Murphy gonna sue someone.

    by NataliePortmans9inchTurd

  • March 21, 2012, 7:29 p.m. CST


    by OnO

    .... seriously?

  • March 21, 2012, 7:35 p.m. CST

    Bernie Wrightson + Ghosts

    by Liverstealer

    Wrightson did a lot of concept work for Ghostbusters. Some of his Gozer and Terror Dog concepts were truly terrifying. He did have some really funny stuff to like a ghostly barbershop quartet.

  • March 21, 2012, 7:35 p.m. CST

    I like it!!

    by elite_squad

  • March 21, 2012, 7:37 p.m. CST

    Is Pacific Rim...

    by Jordan

    even filming yet?

  • March 21, 2012, 7:41 p.m. CST

    Why does GDT think he can improve everything.

    by Simpsonian

    Used to be a supporter of his, but now thinking Pan's was an anomaly. All his other stuff lacks heart. He's just another fanboy.

  • March 21, 2012, 7:48 p.m. CST

    Really really reaching hard here...

    by Brian

    ..and yes, you just got........................ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...............coxxed!!!!!

  • March 21, 2012, 7:55 p.m. CST

    There are "Haunted Mansion Geeks"?

    by Emperor_was_a_jerk

    Doesn't look like concept art/sculpture. It looks like it's a decorative piece of art- especially since it has weathering and a stone-like appearance.

  • March 21, 2012, 8:01 p.m. CST

    Pacific Rim is filming in Canada right now.

    by the Green Gargantua

    in production, and is 100%

  • March 21, 2012, 8:07 p.m. CST

    Uhm... This is OLD, dude

    by gobsmacker

    As a certifiable Haunted Mansion geek, I can tell you this has nothing to do with Guillermo or the Haunted Mansion (except maybe as fan art). It's a casting from a sculpture that's been for sale for years -- I bought one myself 3 years ago at the October Shadows show over at Rick Baker's studio.

  • March 21, 2012, 8:09 p.m. CST

    HM geek here, and that is one SHITTY sculpture.

    by jimbojones123

    Hat Box Ghost could be great, but over Del Toroing it could make this MUCH worse than the Eddie Murphy version.

  • March 21, 2012, 8:36 p.m. CST

    gobsmacker is right

    by SmellyO

    It's a piece called "The Victorian Ghoul" by Martin Astles. It's obviously inspired by the Hatbox Ghost though (and it's labeled as DesignHatBoxGhost on the Illusion Industries website).

  • March 21, 2012, 8:37 p.m. CST

    It's not for the Haunted Mansion movie

    by SmellyO

    It's a piece of Mansion-inspired art by Martin Astles.

  • March 21, 2012, 8:37 p.m. CST

    I can't wait for Pacific Rim.

    by Kill List Hammertime

    It's gonna come outta nowhere and blow everyone away.

  • March 21, 2012, 9 p.m. CST


    by the Green Gargantua

  • March 21, 2012, 9:02 p.m. CST

    HEY HARRY!! GO BACK AND READ YOUR GAIKING POST, you ever gonna explain wtf ?

    by the Green Gargantua

    seriously, you had a SHITLOAD of crazy things to say and now PR will lap it and there was never the promised update. come clean

  • March 21, 2012, 9:20 p.m. CST

    As in Disney?

    by The Dum Guy

    If so, why? Does amusement park ride movies demand to be made equal to that of board games?

  • March 21, 2012, 9:44 p.m. CST

    Wow... Just... Wow...

    by DadTimesTwo

  • March 21, 2012, 9:45 p.m. CST


    by Arcadian Del Sol

  • March 21, 2012, 9:50 p.m. CST

    I don't see a Disney ride movie being that grotesque.

    by Mugato5150

    Pirates had some horror elements but they weren't THAT fucked up.

  • March 21, 2012, 9:51 p.m. CST

    Man, this is almost as bad at that Catwoman Exlusive!!

    by FreeBeer

  • March 21, 2012, 9:57 p.m. CST


    by SmellyO

    The skeletal pirates in the first POTC movie had a similar look. Martin Astles (who sculpted this) worked on that movie.

  • March 21, 2012, 10:34 p.m. CST

    I love how the Eddie Murphy movie...

    by Andrew Coleman

    Is just going to straight not exist. I find that amusing. Can't wait for Pacific Rim.

  • March 21, 2012, 10:57 p.m. CST

    Wow, just keep throwing shit to the wall until some sticks, Disney

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    It's been, what, eight years since the Eddie Murphy Haunted Mansion? It's like the Ang Lee Hulk and the Edward Norton Hulk...were even Hulk fans interested in seeing another Hulk movie so soon? It used to be that a few decades needed to pass before a new remake of a project would be done, now it's shrunken down to less than a decade. I can't wait for 2015's remakes of Inception, Kick-Ass and Tropic Thunder.

  • March 21, 2012, 11:02 p.m. CST

    A Hatbox Ghost By Any Other Name...

    by Hatbox Ghost

    First of all, exactly who are you calling a "geek"? — MORTAL! I'm the restless spirit that unearthed this corpse-like figure, so to speak. Secondly, I believe that this figure would make an IDEAL character concept design for, well, me — in Guillermo Del Toro's upcoming "Haunted Mansion" movie, of course, NOT the Disneyland attraction — to which I have yet to return and only Imagineer Tony Baxter and the bean counters at Team Disney Anaheim know why. (In truth, a few others do too, but they can't talk about it.) This character design evokes pathos, has depth, hints at a possible seafaring backstory, appears once gentlemanly, perhaps wealthy, worldly, cunning, crafty... It has MANY possibilities. Furthermore, it would work as prosthetic makeup applied to a living, breathing, foolish mortal actor's face, as opposed to the use of CGI or puppetry. I like this figure — A LOT. I'm not too fond of its hat though. It needs to be re-sized to fit the dapper doppelganger's skull properly. As for the artist, it is Martin Astles who works at Illusion Industries. The figure's original title was "The Victorian Ghoul," but its file name is currently "Hatbox Ghost" at the II website. I truly believe that this design might have been in the running for the Del Toro film characterization of yours ghoully. If it wasn't, it most certainly should be. It is very much how I see such a devilishly handsome and elegant ghost in a Del Toro film. And, yes, please feel free to bask in my glory in all of my various artistic interpretations. And please, tell Disney to put me back until they're sick of hearing it. I afterlive for the day that I return to The Haunted Mansion. Until then, I'll just hang out in MaliBOO and enjoy the view — of Elvira.

  • March 21, 2012, 11:10 p.m. CST

    nasty in the pasty

    by SmellyO

    By the time this movie comes out, it will have been at least a decade since that Eddie Murphy travesty (Haunted Mansion in name only).

  • March 22, 2012, 1:53 a.m. CST

    It isn't possible to be worse than the Eddie Murphy version.

    by Felix

    I loved the ride at Disney World, the movie failed to capture any of that magic. Gore Verbinski breathed new life into the tired Disney attraction. I hope Guillermo gets to do this.

  • Someone please explain this to me.

  • March 22, 2012, 9:19 a.m. CST

    So I take it ''The Hatbox Ghost'' is a big part of the ride?

    by spacehog

    Can someone provide some context here? I haven't been on the ride in like twenty years; do all the ghosts have names in, uh, Haunted-Mansion-fandom, or is this guy especially important?

  • March 22, 2012, 10:20 a.m. CST

    DAmn would "Hatbox Ghost" be an awesome band name or what?

    by mdk

  • March 22, 2012, 10:31 a.m. CST

    this video tells you everything you need to know

    by CreamCheeseAlchemist

    tinyurl 6qmtwbc

  • March 22, 2012, 11:04 a.m. CST

    also, & the slg mansion comix...

    by CreamCheeseAlchemist

    There's no 100% official story but certainly characters. Hatty, Master Gracey, the Hitchhiking trio all have unofficial names, a variety of ghost brides over the years including Constance the Black Widow and the tragic Melanie Ravenswood of the Western-styled Phantom Manor in Paris, etc.

  • March 22, 2012, 11:10 a.m. CST


    by SmellyO

  • March 22, 2012, 11:33 a.m. CST

    thanks, creamcheesealchemist and smellyo

    by spacehog

    More interesting than I would have guessed. Thanks!

  • I love Harry but, fail again. Google is your friend.

  • March 22, 2012, 12:33 p.m. CST

    Pacific Rim IS in production.

    by v3d

  • March 22, 2012, 12:35 p.m. CST

    @green gargantua. I scrolled to fast and missed your post.

    by v3d

    Yeah, it's a go. I've heard good things from someone in Toronto.

  • March 22, 2012, 8:32 p.m. CST



    I was just contacted by the company & the sculptor. It was sculpted shortly after Guillermo announced it as a project as a pro-active bid to get involved in the project by the sculptor, Martin Astles - the lead sculptor at Illusion Industries. So it was made in an attempt to land a gig. BTW...

  • March 22, 2012, 11:01 p.m. CST

    Actually, For Real...

    by Hatbox Ghost

    Martin Astles is one of MY Facebook friends, and I'M the one who found the image on Illusion Industries' site, put two and two together and put the word out on Twitter, Facebook and MiceChat. Although this isn't THE design (and I never said that it was but merely that it was a possibility), it gives Haunted Mansion fans a clue as to what has been proposed and considered. And if the caliber of this work is any indication, movie goers are truly going to be in for a ghoulishly delightful treat!

  • March 22, 2012, 11:04 p.m. CST

    For EVERYTHING "Hatbox Ghost," Go To:

    by Hatbox Ghost

  • March 22, 2012, 11:10 p.m. CST

    Harry that is actually very Gaiking of you.

    by the Green Gargantua

    Life size shogun warriors...sigh.

  • March 23, 2012, 9:28 a.m. CST

    Haunted Mansion geek here. Hatbox Ghost...

    by R. B.

    ...was conceptualized but never worked properly, and was never installed in the Haunted Mansion. It's one of the most famous things about Disneyland that never even made an appearance at Disneyland.

  • So, please let's get the facts straight.

  • March 23, 2012, 4:44 p.m. CST

    I stand corrected. FACT!!!

    by R. B.