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Winchester

"Terror is building."

PG-13 2018-02-02 Horror 1hr 40m

San Jose, California, 1906. Isolated in her labyrinthine mansion, eccentric firearm heiress Sarah Winchester believes that she is being haunted by the souls of those killed by the guns manufactured by her company.

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San Jose, California, 1906. Isolated in her labyrinthine mansion, eccentric firearm heiress Sarah Winchester believes that she is being haunted by the souls of those killed by the guns manufactured by her company.

  • Released
    2018-02-02
  • Revenue
    $44,019,588
  • Budget
    $3,500,000
  • Runtime
    1hr 40m
  • Genre
    Horror, Thriller
  • Status
    Released
  • Language
    English
  • imdb-logo
    5.4
  • Production
    Imagination Design Works, Blacklab Entertainment, Lionsgate, CBS Films, Screen Australia, Screen Queensland, Film Victoria, Eclipse Pictures

Crew

Michael Spierig
Director
Michael Spierig
Screenplay
Tim McGahan
Producer

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Cast

Jason Clarke

Jason Clarke

Dr. Eric Price
Helen Mirren

Helen Mirren

Sarah Winchester
Sarah Snook

Sarah Snook

Marian Marriott
Finn Scicluna-O'Prey

Finn Scicluna-O'Prey

Henry Marriott
Alana Fagan

Alana Fagan

Partially Dressed Lady #1
Rebecca Makar

Rebecca Makar

Partially Dressed Lady #2
Tyler Coppin

Tyler Coppin

Arthur Gates
Angus Sampson

Angus Sampson

John Hansen
Eamon Farren

Eamon Farren

Ben Block
Laura Brent

Laura Brent

Ruby Price
Adam Bowes

Adam Bowes

Farmer Amputee
Bruce Spence

Bruce Spence

Augustine
Phoenix Suhrou-Diamond

Phoenix Suhrou-Diamond

Native American Child
Jayden Irving

Jayden Irving

Carpenter #1
Rosco Campbell

Rosco Campbell

Carpenter #2
Puven Pather

Puven Pather

Carpenter #3
Tom Heath

Tom Heath

Wiry Carpenter
Curtis Bock

Curtis Bock

Harry Block
Andy de Lore

Andy de Lore

James Block
Graham Jahne

Graham Jahne

Innocent Man #1
Hayden Stewart

Hayden Stewart

Innocent Man #2
Chris Anderson

Chris Anderson

Innocent Man #3
Laura Sutton

Laura Sutton

Innocent Woman
Robert Shook

Robert Shook

Police Officer #1
Richard Anastasios

Richard Anastasios

Police Officer #2
Will Jones

Will Jones

Police Officer #3
Luke Maizey

Luke Maizey

Police Officer #4
James Baldwin

James Baldwin

Police Officer #5
Neil Solomano

Neil Solomano

Police Officer #6
Amos Ciza

Amos Ciza

Slave Ghost
Red Horse Rivera

Red Horse Rivera

Chief Little Fawn
Kym Lannin

Kym Lannin

Ghost #2 - Farmer
Christian Rhodes-Wolfe

Christian Rhodes-Wolfe

Ghost #3 - Union Soldier
Albert Trajstman

Albert Trajstman

Ghost #4 - Sheriff
Xavier Gouault

Xavier Gouault

Ghost #5 - Police Officer
Gawi Deng

Gawi Deng

Ghost #6 - Confederate Soldier
Ryuhei Tsukamoto

Ryuhei Tsukamoto

Ghost #7 - Rail Worker
Shane Holloway

Shane Holloway

Ghost #8 - Cowboy
Michael Boyd

Michael Boyd

Ghost #9 - Sheriff
Elisa Abascal

Elisa Abascal

Ghost #10 - Mexican Woman
Akosia Sabet

Akosia Sabet

Ghost #11 - Cotton Picker
Stephanie Beall

Stephanie Beall

Ghost #12 - 1895 Wealthy Lady
Clancy Fraser

Clancy Fraser

Ghost #13 - Prostitute
Chris Homa

Chris Homa

Ghost #14 - Farmer's Wife
Rose Juan

Rose Juan

Ghost #15 - Maid
Douglas Embry

Douglas Embry

Towns Person (uncredited)
Jeffrey W. Jenkins

Jeffrey W. Jenkins

Footman (uncredited)
Dawayne Jordan

Dawayne Jordan

Butler / Carpenter (uncredited)
Jeff Lipary

Jeff Lipary

Carpenter (uncredited)
Homero Lopez

Homero Lopez

Carpenter (uncredited)
Marcus Orelias

Marcus Orelias

Carpenter (uncredited)

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A Review by Ruuz 4

Written by Ruuz on 2018-06-26

Given the cast assembled and the events it's based on, I'm sure you'll forgive me for having at least some expectations for _Winchester_. Wh... read more

Given the cast assembled and the events it's based on, I'm sure you'll forgive me for having at least some expectations for _Winchester_. Whatever those expectations were though, I can tell you right now, they weren't met. _Winchester_ was massively disappointing, as by-the-numbers as you can get, and if it wasn't for a couple of good performances and the occasional decent effect, it would have literally nothing to offer. _Final rating:★★ - Had some things that appeal to me, but a poor finished product._

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A Review by FilipeManuelNeto 2

Written by FilipeManuelNeto on 2022-07-29

**A movie as empty as a haunted house.** I fully understand the fascination with Winchester Mystery House, an old mansion that was born f... read more

**A movie as empty as a haunted house.** I fully understand the fascination with Winchester Mystery House, an old mansion that was born from Sarah Winchester's will and ideas: owner of a fortune linked to the firearm's industry, she thought she was being haunted by the ghosts of people killed by these weapons and was advised by a medium to live in a mansion that was always being remodeled, with rooms and divisions permanently being added or demolished in an apparently random way. Sarah Winchester truly believed that she would be killed if she stopped or finished the building, so the house was only completed (obviously unended) with her death, and then opened to the public as a tourist attraction. It's a fascinating, curious and bizarre story, but it took a long time to reach the cinema. The movie, however, is not remarkable, being just another ghost story in a haunted house. The Spierig Brothers (directors and writers) do not bring anything new to their film, limiting themselves to using almost all the regular clichés of American horror, including static and scary images that appear out of nowhere (at quite predictable moments) for the usual jump scares. As a haunted house horror movie, I've seen better. One of the biggest problems of the film is the poor script and the bad conception of the characters. The two brothers who wrote the script were so enamored with the mysterious house that they weren't able to create a really intriguing story around it, and its original inhabitant. Everything goes reasonably well from the point where the doctor arrives at the mansion, but the preceding story, which justifies his trip and stay at the place, is very far-fetched. On the other hand, the melodramatic twist at the end, involving the doctor and a ghost from his past, was predictable from the beginning and is very nauseating. Poorly written and almost without personality, the characters just appear, talk and disappear without our caring about them. And as if the truth were not enough to make us believe in the possible curse of the Winchester family, the script got a completely made up story for Marion Marriott, niece (and heiress) of the manor owner. She existed in real life, but her life wasn't what the movie says, and her husband didn't die as it is said. It is a pointless and unnecessary invention. The cast has a handful of familiar names, but maybe they don't really want to be remembered for the work they've done here. In fact, the cast effort is reduced, and the prevailing feeling is that the actors were not really committed or motivated. If Helen Mirren is the most seasoned and famous actress in the cast, the truth is that she is never really there, in body and mind. She seems oblivious, or uninterested. Jason Clarke still seems to have some interest in what he's doing, and I felt the actor tried to do something positive, but he won't have had much of an opportunity to go beyond what he's done. The film is not a technical brilliance. There have been attempts to film in the original house, but we are told that the very design of the house, with cramped spaces and low light, will not be ideal for movie shooting. Personally, I also believe that the organization that is managing the property has shown some reluctance to allow it, since they have always had, until today, great restraint in allowing the capture of images of the interior of the house. Everything that was recreated in the studio seems to me to be very well done, and I liked the sets and the house. However, the production values ​​basically stop here… the cinematography is pretty basic and the editing is banal, but it manages to give the film a pace that isn't tiresome. The props and period details look convincing, but the CGI is poor, the digitally made images are of very poor quality, and the visual and sound effects seem cheap and elementary.

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A Review by Gimly

Given the cast assembled and the events it's based on, I'm sure you'll forgive me for having at least some expectations for _Winchester_. Whatever those expectations were though, I can tell you right now, they weren't met. _Winchester_ was ...

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A Review by Ruuz 4

Written by Ruuz on 2018-06-26

Given the cast assembled and the events it's based on, I'm sure you'll forgive me for having at least some expectations for _Winchester_. Whatever those expectations were though, I can tell you right ...

read more
reviewer avatar

A Review by FilipeManuelNeto 2

Written by FilipeManuelNeto on 2022-07-29

**A movie as empty as a haunted house.** I fully understand the fascination with Winchester Mystery House, an old mansion that was born from Sarah Winchester's will and ideas: owner of a fortune li...

read more