I wrote a review about this film quite sometime back now, and many people looked forward to seeing it—” hooray” it has at long last hit the screens at the cinema’s.
I managed to see it yesterday but its the scariest, creepiest, film I have seen for quite some time. Helen Mirren was just terrific as the widow Sarah Winchester who felt she was haunted by the souls of the victims that had been killed by the’ Winchester Rifle” , a repeating rifle company, a huge business that her husband had owned .
In her own time many people thought she was crazy, ‘ Winchester’ the movie starts with the premise that she is not, and a psychiatrist comes to test her sanity on behalf of her board of directors, Sarah Snook plays her niece Marion and her son Henry appears possessed. Right from the arrival of the doctor , nasty faces keep popping out trying to scare the pants off us and some very odd occurrences too many to quote You actually see alot of the house demolished at one stage , and those scenes are reproduced from an earthquake that occurred in 1916
After Sarah ‘s husband and baby died in 1884 and she inherited a fortune of $20million she started to build a house south of San Fransisco and she did not stop altering and building till 1938, the house has about 160 rooms, including 40 bedrooms, numerous bathrooms, and staircases that go no where, the house apparently still stands and is a huge tourist attraction .
I read a review that gave the film only three stars and the reviewer wondered why Helen Mirren would appear in a B grade movie . Sorry I don’t agree with that statement My daughter and I agreed it was a really fantastic creepy movie actually based on many true events.
Be prepared to have the pants scared off you if you decide to see this movie.