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Haunting of Winchester House (2009)

Not Rated | | Horror | Video 29 September 2009
A family moves in to look after the Winchester mansion for a few months, and soon find themselves terrorized by vengeful spirits. With the help of a paranormal investigator they'll unravel the mystery of the house.

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Susan
Michael Holmes ...
Drake
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Harrison Dent
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Sarah Winchester
Patty Roberts ...
Haley (as Barry Womack)
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Annie
Rob Ullett ...
James Clayhill
David McIntyre ...
Officer Cooper
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Sari Sheehan ...
Jessica Lloyd
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Mitch Toles ...
Blind Ghost (as Mitcheal Toles)
Jefferson Wilmore ...
Civil War Ghost
Frank Weitzel ...
Gunshot Ghost
George Michael Lampe ...
Nasty Ghost
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A family moves in to look after the Winchester mansion for a few months, and soon find themselves terrorized by vengeful spirits. With the help of a paranormal investigator they'll unravel the mystery of the house.

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House of Scary Ghosts  »

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In the real history story, Sarah's child died while still a baby and never lived in California, where the mansion was built. See more »

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When Susan goes and looks over the edge of the road, we keep seeing shots of the front of the car, and her and her husband are dead and the windshield is fine, but in other shots you can clearly see Susan has been thrown partially through the windshield. See more »

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The acting was scarier than the ghosts.
20 September 2010 | by (California, USA) – See all my reviews

With all the horror movies made in the USA involving a haunted house, you would think one that features one of the most famous haunted places in the world (Winchester Mystery House in San Nose, CA) would feature a unique and compelling story. However, this film fails to deliver that notion and instead is a campy, low-budget, and unoriginal movie.

This film was Winchester in name only, elaborating very little on the real-life Winchester Mystery House. Sarah Winchester, the heiress who kept construction on the house going non-stop for 38 years to appease the spirits of those killed by the Winchester firearms, was portrayed as just a lost soul looking for her long lost daughter (why she could not find her daughter in her own darn house is beyond me). There was no effort in elaborating the history behind Sarah Winchester nor the many different rooms, secret chambers, doors and hallways in the house. If you're going to have the Winchester Mystery House portrayed in a film, at least make the characters explore the many different and eerie aspects of the house like the staircase that leads up to the ceiling, door to nowhere, the séance room, Winchester's bedroom, the garden, the 7-11 staircase, emphasis of the number 13, etc. Also, make the effort of having the house located in a city like in real life, rather than sequestered in the woods. Detailing and emphasizing the history and mystery of the house will make the film more unique and original. Instead, the lack thereof makes the film dull and stands out as just another low-budget, ghost-on-the-loose horror flick.

Lastly, the acting is absolutely horrible - lack of substance, emotion, depth and drama. It looked as if the actors were ill-prepared for their roles and made very little effort in portraying their characters. I had to cover my eyes a few times just because the acting was so terrible. I have to single out the actress who played "Susan Grenier." I think she is the worse actor in the film who, at times, tries too hard to be realistic (i.e., forcing out tears when she cries).

Overall, if you're bored and looking for a good horror movie to pass the time (like I was), you might be better off choosing to watch something else!

Grade F


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