Is there a rendition of Beauty and the Beast that adds a haunted mansion or the like to the premise?
Aside from my take on the story, I think the most ‘haunted” feeling versions would be the following…
Panna a Netvor – set in a decaying manor house exposed to the elements, and filmed in the style of a ‘70s horror film, Netvor is not the only monster haunting the ruin…demonic faces decorate the walls and strange imps creep through the building, peering from the fireplaces and chandeliers, laying traps for our heroine. It’s never made clear whether they serve or torment our Monstrous suitor.
Rose Daughter– The castle where Beauty and the Beast reside is an uncannily clean but lifeless hulk where no living thing may venture. Beauty is warned not to look out of widows or up staircases, and not to let on when the place has the better of her. While the changing portraits and corridors are at first simply mischievous, by the climax they seem much more malicious indeed.
Disney’s Beauty and The Beast – When Belle arrives, she finds the Beast’s castle to be a dark, nebulous and poorly maintained space full of broken mirrors and tattered drapery. While we quickly learn that its inhabitants are (mostly) friendly, the first half of the film makes it a spooky place indeed!
Cocteau’s La Belle at La Bete – This surrealist film creates a dream-like landscape for Belle to wade through when she agrees to join the Beast in his palace. Billowing curtains fill the corridors, and disembodied hands hold torches and pour wine, as statues with flickering eyes watch our stoic heroine. Pacing the halls, hands bloodied and smoking, La Bete longs to enter her chambers…
There are a number of nicely spooky picture book versions as well, but I would want to take a little while to go through my collection, which is by no means exhaustive! Dear Readers, if you know of a nice and spooky haunted castle sort of BATB, feel free to weigh in!