Winchester - What You Need To Know
We find ourselves looking at a house standing seven stories tall haunts an isolated stretch of land 50 miles outside of San Francisco.
Containing hundreds of rooms, the house is constructed ceaselessly by heiress Sarah Winchester and stands in monument to the vengeful ghosts of the thousands killed by the Winchester repeating rifle.
Starring Academy Award winner Helen Mirren and inspired by true events of the Winchester Mystery House in California, spooky new thriller Winchester arrives in stores on Monday (May 28th, you can pre-order it from the right-hand side of the page).
Here is what you need to know about this new flick...
Who’s in it?
Starring alongside Mirren are Sarah Snook, Jason Clarke and Arthur Gates.
And who’s directing?
This one is a family affair, Winchester is directed by identical twin brothers Michael Spierig and Peter Spierig. The Spierig brothers also directed 2017’s Saw prequel Jigsaw.
What’s the plot?
Swirling in rumour, the Winchester mystery house in California was the personal residence of Sarah Winchester, widow of the famed gun manufacturer William Winchester and heiress to the twenty million dollar fortune of the Winchester repeating rifle. Until work halted on the night of her death in 1922, the house was built upwards in a ceaseless frenzy. In a possession, one could say.
The Winchester company employs a doctor (Clarke) to assess Sarah Winchester (Mirren), fearing she is psychologically unfit to run the company. Sarah admits that she can see ghosts and helps them move on to the afterlife by sealing them in rooms. The doctor experiences a ghostly vision but, as he himself is reliant on drugs to repress grief, he convinces himself that it’s a different kind of hallucination.
As he continues his investigation, Sarah’s revelations continue to tumble out, what will he conclude and what other horrors lie within the house...
And does it deliver?
Winchester’s spirit lies in its exploration of an ethical gun trade, but the film doesn’t necessarily offer a thorough analysis. The casting of Helen Mirren lends this horror real weight, but, true to the genre, the film comes packaged with plenty of jump scares to keep you on the edge of your seat…