A mother of two who inherits a house is confronted with murderous intruders on the first night in their new home and fights for her daughters' lives. Sixteen years later when the daughters reunite at the house, things get really strange.
Inspired by true events. On an isolated stretch of land 50 miles outside of San Francisco sits the most haunted house in the world. Built by Sarah Winchester, (Academy Award®-winner Helen Mirren) heiress to the Winchester fortune, it is a house that knows no end. Constructed in an incessant twenty-four hour a day, seven day a week mania for decades, it stands seven stories tall and contains hundreds of rooms. To the outsider it looks like a monstrous monument to a disturbed woman's madness. But Sarah is not building for herself, for her niece (Sarah Snook) or for the brilliant Doctor Eric Price (Jason Clarke) whom she has summoned to the house. She is building a prison, an asylum for hundreds of vengeful ghosts, and the most terrifying among them have a score to settle with the Winchesters.
Partly to avoid confusion with Supernatural (2005), featuring main characters Sam and Dean Winchester, the movie is released in some countries in its original title "Winchester: The House That Ghosts Built". See more »
It is clearly stated in the middle of the film that the mansion's bell is rung only at midnight. Yet the bell inexplicably rings after the occurrence of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake, which historically happened at 5:12 AM local time.
After all characters make it out of the mansion, post-earthquake, it is still completely dark outside. Sunrise in San Jose, California on April 18th (the date of the earthquake) occurs around 6:30 AM PDT, which would've been around 5:30 AM in 1906 (prior to the establishment of Daylight Savings Time). The characters gather in front of the mansion, which faces east, so the sun should have been rising already (or at least about to break dawn, depending on how long the story's climax was supposed to have lasted). See more »
From the commercials, I didn't set my hopes too high. The film seemed very average, but it surprised me.
Be forewarned this is more of a supernatural drama, like The Lady in Black, than a straight-up balls-to-the-wall horror film. Not to say there aren't any genuine scares in this. There are two really creepy scenes here. It's just that the film focuses on the story behind the characters and it sometimes takes too much time between scares. Still, I appreciate the emphasis on characters and plot in this. The film feels fully realized and it has a strong cast.
Credit should also be given to the set, costumes, and props; a lot of detail and color. This film looks like the directors did their research and wanted the film to look historically accurate.
ALright, this may not be the best scary movie, but it is a good movie.
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