Winchester (2018) Review


Winchester is about a well known mansion, Winchester Mystery House located in San Jose, California.  It has very interesting story behind it and finally a movie is made about it.

The Story

Winchester is about Sarah Winchester who is the heiress to the Winchester fortune.  She is responsible for constructing the mysterious mansion.  To the outsider, it looks like a monstrous monument to a disturbed woman’s madness.  But Sarah didn’t build the house for herself.  She built a prison, an asylum for hundreds of vengeful ghosts, and the most terrifying among them have a score to settle with the Winchesters.

The Review (Spoiler Free)

It’s about time someone made a movie about most haunted house in the world.  Unfortunately, the movie isn’t that impressive.  First of all, movie is not scary.  There are few good jump scares, but besides that all the ghosts look like someone with bad makeup.

There aren’t any surprises in the movie.  The story feels like typical Hollywood ghost story and it is very predictable.  At the end, I didn’t really care for the ending.

Mysterious Winchester mansion is known for crazy and unusual architecture.  We get to see little bit of the house but not enough.  I wish they show case more of the crazy architecture of the house.

Helen Mirren did decent job playing Sarah Winchester.  Entire movie, she wore the oppressively black widow’s gown and veil which didn’t seem so realistic.  I am not sure how accurately movie has portrayed the real Sarah Winchester.

Jason Clarke plays a skeptic in the movie. I know Jason Clarke mostly for his macho action films, like “Zero Dark Thirty”, “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” and “Everest”.  It is bit of change of pace to see him in a horror movie.  He also did a decent job playing the complicated character with dark past.

Overall, the story behind Winchester mansion seems interesting, but not very original. Unfortunately, the pace of the movie is very slow which makes difficult to pay attention to the movie.

In the Nutshell

Winchester is about real life haunted house with interesting story behind it. But the movie wasn’t so interesting.  [2 out of 5 stars]

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Genre: Haunted House

Rotten Tomato Rating: 14% / 38%

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