Directed by the Spierig Brothers. Written by the Spierig Brothers and Tom Vaughan. Starring Helen Mirren, Jason Clarke, Sarah Snook, Angus Sampson, Finn Scicluna-O’Prey and Bruce Spence.
Plot: Sarah Winchester (Mirren) believes she is haunted by the ghosts of those killed with the Winchester rifle.
Sarah lives in a sprawling, convaluted mansion that she keeps building and rebuilding because – according to her – it’s what the ghosts want. She lives a very prestigious life as the head of the Winchester company, but in 1906, the board members of the company hire Dr. Eric Price (Clarke) to evaluate her. They want to know whether she’s of sound mind and stable enough to continue running the company.
When Price arrives at the mansion he meets Sarah, her neice, Marion (Snook), and Marion’s son, Henry (Scicluna-O’Prey). He’s taken aback, of course, by the renovations being done and almost immediately wonders if Sarah is a little off. But then, he sees the ghosts for himself.
I have to admit, first off, that I jumped out of my skin more than once. This movie is scary. However, I liked the first half more than the second, but DJ was the other way around. The movie was really good, but not without it’s problems. For instance, the “killer” doesn’t have a very decent motive for doing what he did and does. It would have gotten more points if he had a valid reason. We still liked it though. Quite a bit. And recommend it wholeheartedly.
Our score: 64.