2018 (UK), Horror/Fantasy, 1h 40m
Starring: Helen Mirren, Jason Clarke, Sarah Snook, Angus Sampson, Eamon Farren & Laura Brent
The most haunted house in the world sits on an isolated stretch of land that’s 50 miles outside of San Francisco. Built by Sarah Winchester, heiress to the Winchester fortune, it stands seven stories tall and contains hundreds of rooms. To an outsider, it looks like a monstrous monument to a disturbed woman’s madness. But Sarah’s actually building a prison, an asylum for hundreds of vengeful ghosts — and the most terrifying among them have a score to settle with the Winchesters.
Despite an intriguing premise, Winchester missed the mark. It’s anti-gun message is a shot in the right direction, but lazy fright tactics and a contradictory ending leave it firing blanks.
This movie offered the chance to combine a fascinating real-life story with high-class horror, especially by casting the legend Helen Mirren, but despite her presence it loses focus and turns bafflingly routine.
It’s extremely forgettable and lacklustre that the minute the credits start rolling, you look at your mobile to see how much time you’ve just wasted.