The Winchester Mystery House is so well known in American pop culture that it's amazing to think no one's ever made a full-on horror movie about it until now.
Winchester is the name of the film and it stars Helen Mirren as Mrs. Sarah Winchester, the real-life widow of William Wirt Winchester and heir to the fortune her husband amassed manufacturing and selling the Winchester rifle.
Convinced by a psychic after the deaths of her husband and infant daughter that she was being haunted by the ghosts of all the people killed by her husband's product, Sarah Winchester moved in 1884 from Connecticut to San Jose, California, compelled to begin building a massive mansion that remained in construction until she died in 1922 -- 38 years after she first started the project.
The idea was to confuse the ghosts she was convinced were pursuing her by building a vast warren of rooms, staircases and corridors -- hundreds of them, with new rooms being discovered as late as 2016. The Winchester Mystery House, as it came to be known, is now a privately owned tourist attraction, as well as a designated California historical landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
But the story of the house and Mrs. Winchester's obsessions seems ripe for a movie, and now we're getting one from the Spierig Brothers, the directing team who also gave us Daybreakers, the way underrated Predestination and the recent Saw reboot, Jigsaw. Here's the newest trailer:
Winchester also stars Jason Clarke (Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes), Sarah Snook (Jessabelle) and Angus Sampson (Insidious 4: The Last Key) alongside Oscar winner Mirren and is out February 2. Here's the new official synopsis:
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 troubled 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...