Upon reading the first synopsis of Helen Mirren and Jason Clarke's upcoming haunted mansion film, Winchester, you're likely immediately taken. Then upon reading "based on true events," you probably think that must be a huge stretch of the word "true." But upon doing your research, you find out the truth also happens to be a perfect supernatural setup.
The film focuses on Sarah Winchester (Academy Award winner Mirren) building stairways to nowhere while continuing construction on her ever-growing, labyrinthine "Mystery House" along an isolated plot outside of San Jose, California. The reason for such 24/7 frenzied building: After the sudden deaths of her child and husband, William Wirt Winchester, of Winchester repeating rifle fame, a medium tells her she'll be haunted by the souls killed by her husband's work unless she keeps building.
The Spierig Brothers' (Jigsaw, Predestination) supernatural thriller will obviously stray into its own haunting territory, as Winchester's Mystery House is portrayed as an "asylum for hundreds of vengeful ghosts," according to the Lionsgate and CBS Films press release. Here's the updated official synopsis, which dropped today along with new stills and a poster below, as well as the promise of a first teaser tomorrow.
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...
Winchester opens wide Feb. 2, 2018. Will you be watching?