A Movie Review on a True Location
As soon as I heard there was a movie on the Winchester house, I knew I had to see it. With my being a California native, there are many places I haven't visited. Mostly because I traveled so much, back and forth to and from CA that I just never got the opportunity. I did, however, get to visit the Winchester house with my husband, back in like 2005 or so. It was one of the most amazing places ever... but I didn't get haunted or spooked. But the house is a magnificent maze of beauty, and slightly difficult to travel through- but I digress. How was the movie, you ask?
Winchester to the story of Sarah Winchester, the inheritor of the Winchester Repeating Arms Company. A proud, superstitious woman, she took a home built for her and turned it into a mansion that could take up city blocks!
Being worked on 24-hours a day, both day and night, she felt she was appeasing the spirits of those killed by the Winchester guns. She felt she was cursed. She also felt the number 13 was a blessed number and not jinxed, to help in being protected from the spirits locked behind the doors of the house. It was pure insanity, all wrapped up in a gorgeous house that was continuously being built upon.
The co-owners of the Winchester Repeating Arms Company thought her mad, so they sent someone to evaluate her abilities to rule over her 50% share. It's from there that the movie runs. For me, it was amazing to see the place I'd actually walked through. Naturally, it didn't look exactly as pictured in the film, but it was. awesome.
I did however notice, they had Helen Mirren play Sarah Winchester, who was much taller than Sarah Winchester. Then this staircase which was in the movie is actually filled with steps that are so short, you actually trip going UP! They were made especially because of her arthritis and height. She was very short. They also didn't focus as much on her attempts to confuse the spirits- it was mostly about speaking with them an capturing them in rooms they were attached to. That was sort of a bummer, because the door that opened to a four or five storied drop would have been awesome. They did show the stairs that led to nowhere- but they acted like the spirit used them to their advantage- it was to confuse them! It would have added to the movie- because baby, the house is BIZARRE!
Any-who! The movie was pretty cool and I liked it. I will probably buy it, just because. If you've never been to the Winchester house, you really should go. The movie gives it no justice, and Sara Winchester's story is amazing.
Directed by the Spirit Brothers
CBS Films, 2018
Starred Helen Mirren, Jason Clarke, Sarah Snook, Angus Sampson and Finn Scicluna-O'Prey
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