The release date has been set for Winchester, the upcoming feature film inspired by the mysterious mansion of firearm heiress, Sarah Winchester.
Here’s the official synopsis of the film:
The film follows the story of firearm heiress Sarah Winchester (Helen Mirren), who was convinced that she was haunted by the souls killed at the hands of the Winchester repeating rifle. After the sudden deaths of her husband and child, she threw herself into the 24-hours a day, seven days a week construction of an enormous mansion designed to keep the evil spirits at bay. But when skeptical San Francisco psychiatrist Eric Price (Jason Clarke) is dispatched to the estate to evaluate her state of mind, he discovers that her obsession may not be so insane after all. WINCHESTER will take audiences inside the labyrinth like house that is believed to be one of the most haunted places in the world.
Helen Mirren will star in Winchester as the title role, Sarah Winchester. She is joined alongside by Jason Clarke, Sara Snook, Angus Sampson and Laura Brent. The film is written and directed by Michael and Peter Spierig. It is currently in post-production after filming in several locations, including Victoria, Melbourne and Australia.
CBS Films released the promotional image below. It features the only known photograph of Sarah Winchester outside of the mansion in mourning clothes, recreated by Helen Mirren.
With such a rich history and talented cast, this is going to be a movie to lookout for. The film will be released February 23rd.
The Winchester Mansion
Located in San Jose, the Winchester Mansion has long been attracting tourists of all walks of life. It has been a California Historical Landmark since 1973, registered by the National Park Service as “a large, odd dwelling with an unknown number of rooms.” Mrs. Winchester intentionally designed it as a labyrinth, so that the evil spirits would get lost within it. She was said to believe that as long as she kept the house under construction she would not be harmed by those spirits.
There is no denying how strange the structure is, with the number 13 popping up throughout the house, spiderweb windows designed by Sarah herself and doors that opened to brick walls. When Sarah Winchester passed away at age 83, the house had 13 bathrooms, 6 kitchens, 40 staircases, 47 fireplaces, 2,000 doors and 10,000 windows. Subsequently following her death, workers who came to remove the furnishings from the house were asked to do a room count, but every person came back with a different number of rooms, officially ending up at the number 160 though considering the curiously structured layout there is no way to know for certain.