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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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She is Not Alone. See more »


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

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$44,019,588
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

According to records kept by the Mystery House proprietors today, Sarah Winchester constantly built and rebuilt the house throughout her 38 years in residence. The Winchester house has windows and doors in the floor, doors that open into walls or go nowhere, and stairs to nowhere or into the ceiling. Its total area is around 6 acres (24,000 m²). See more »

Goofs

When the front of the mansion is shown, CGI is used to depict the 7-story tower that existed on the mansion in 1906, and the colors of the mansion are changed from their current (2018) colors, yet the final (1922) configuration of the mansion's main facade is shown. In 1906, the facade was quite different, as construction between 1906 and 1922 changed the mansion drastically. When overhead shots of the mansion rooftops are shown, the current (2018) colors are visible, and there is no sign of the 7-story tower (it was torn down after the 1906 earthquake) even though the spot where it should protrude is shown several times. See more »

Quotes

Sarah Winchester: Cruelty, grief and loss can make people do unimaginable things.
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Connections

Featured in Half in the Bag: 2018 Catch-Up (part 1 of 2) (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Beautiful Dreamer
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By Stephen Foster
Performed by Eamon Farren
Performed by Finn Scicluna-O'Prey
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Surprisingly cathartic
2 February 2018 | by ehzimmermanSee all my reviews

For those who want factual history, "Captive of the Labyrinth" by Mary Jo Ignoffo is an excellent biography of Sarah Winchester, who probably was not interested in ghosts, but rather in architecture, a field that did not invite professional participation by women. Sarah Winchester's father manufactured decorative architectural features for Victorian houses, and his factory was right next door to her childhood home -- so Sarah grew up intimately exposed to the physical details of building houses. As an educated rich woman, building her house was an expensive hobby she loved and could afford to pursue. She also incorporated the newest technology - elevators, showers, etc. - into the house, and managed a productive fruit orchards and a dried fruit business, and . I thought the movie did a good job of including some factual information based on the real Sarah Winchester, and accurately portrayed her as responsible, not crazy, and deeply caring for her family, As for the lurid sensational haunted house story, this was concocted by those who bought the house after Sarah Winchester died, and turned it into a money-making tourist trap. That said, I enjoyed this fictional ghost story, which explored deeper themes than I would normally expect from a supernatural horror genre flick. There does seem to be a heavy handed message about gun violence -- however, I agree with that message; it's more than timely..


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