Stars: Helen Mirren, Jason Clarke, Sarah Snook, Angus Sampson, Laura Brent, Tyler Coppin, Finn Scicluna-O'Prey, Eamon Farren, Dawayne Jordan.
Director: Peter Spierig & Michael Spierig
Screenplay: Peter Spierig, Michael Spierig & Tom Vaughan.
The house that spirits built. That was my main fancy, and this fancy kept be intrigued. A house with stairways that lead nowhere, where doors are nailed shut, where secret passageways creates a maze and lure you into being lost. It is my intrigue and the story around is enough to keep my attention and create a slightly bigger fancy.
The next surprise is the implication of the gun and what it can mean to people and their lives. This house while built by spirits is also built from the guilt of the use of guns in society. Each lost victim to a Winchester rifle find their way here to gnaw at the living soul of Sarah Winchester (Helen Mirren). This may indeed be the biggest anti-gun film of 2018.
This film keeps me fascinated, however there is a certain something that is missing. Maybe it is subtlety, or maybe it is too interested in trying to secure the spirit world in reality and allowing the viewer to be a skeptic of its core truth—a certain massive event in 1906 on the coast of California that proved devastating and a large part of the film's climax is kind of a shame. Your characters are meant to be skeptics at some point, but not the audience once the protagonist gets on board with the reality of the film.
The history of the Winchester mansion is a thing of mastery from the beautiful execution of the rifle, to the whimsy of the irrational house that Sarah Winchester and her guilt ridden souls built. This film almost brings the mastery to life, it slightly fails but its still a fun dedication to see, so I recommend.