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Winchester (2018)

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Ensconced in her sprawling California mansion, eccentric firearm heiress Sarah Winchester believes she is haunted by the souls of people killed by the Winchester repeating rifle.

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Michael Spierig (as The Spierig Brothers), Peter Spierig (as The Spierig Brothers)

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Tom Vaughan, Michael Spierig (as The Spierig Brothers) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Helen Mirren ... Sarah Winchester
Sarah Snook ... Marion Marriott
Finn Scicluna-O'Prey Finn Scicluna-O'Prey ... Henry Marriott
Jason Clarke ... Dr. Eric Price
Emm Wiseman ... Nancy
Alana Fagan Alana Fagan ... Partially Dressed Lady #1
Rebecca Makar ... Partially Dressed Lady #2
Tyler Coppin ... Arthur Gates
Michael Carman Michael Carman ... Frank
Angus Sampson ... John Hansen
Alice Chaston ... Clara
Eamon Farren ... Ben Block
Laura Brent ... Ruby Price
Adam Bowes ... Farmer Amputee
Bruce Spence ... Augustine
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Storyline

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.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence, disturbing images, drug content, some sexual material and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Country:

Australia | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 February 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The 13th Hour See more »

Filming Locations:

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,307,626, 4 February 2018

Gross USA:

$25,091,816
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Winchester did expand to manufacturing other household goods (including roller skates) but not until the 1920s. Despite being a skilled inventor, Sarah Winchester did not invent roller skates, as implied in the film. They had already been mass-produced for decades in the States by 1906. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Dr. Eric Price: Sarah, I can see them. I can see all of them.
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Beautiful Dreamer
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By Stephen Foster
Performed by Eamon Farren
Performed by Finn Scicluna-O'Prey
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Doesn't Quite Come Together.

This movie isn't bad but it doesn't seem to quite deliver on it's setup. With a few tweaks this could've been a very successful slow burn, Gothic 'ghost' story in the manner of 'The Innocents' and 'The Haunting". What those movies did was create a film with all the trappings of supernatural horror without ever letting you know whether the supernatural element is real. 'Winchester' teases with this concept through most of the movie and then goes full blown, over the top, Hollywood-Ghost-Spooktacular at the end.

The cinematography is very atmospheric. The acting is good and there's a few scary moments. A marked over-reliance on jump scares got a little tedious. I really don't think they took as much advantage of the location as they could've. They might've tried some disembodied Steadicam shots with scary music to set the mood. We needed to see more of the 'Mystery House'. We needed to feel the craziness of it. It should've felt claustrophobic and all consuming. People should've got lost in it. Well, they don't and we feel everybody could leave anytime they felt like it.

The portrayal of Sarah Winchester as the tortured, guilt ridden ghost appeaser falls short, as well. This is a woman who lost a child and husband and believes she's cursed but they don't really bring that performance out and I'm sure they could've. I mean you've got Helen F-ing Miren for cripes sake. Don't you think she could knock that out of the park?

This is one of times when I have to put it all on the director. I think this screenplay probably read very well. The thing that consistently seems to bog it down is bad decisions on where to take it. For what it was, it was entertaining. I just don't think it fulfilled it's potential.


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