Winchester: The House That Ghosts Built has dropped it’s official trailer, giving us our first look at Helen Mirren’s (HitchcockRed) portrayal of Sarah Winchester. Real-life heiress, and widow to William Winchester (of the Winchester Arms Company, duh) is best known for the eccentric and mysterious renovations of her mansion home. With staircases leading into ceilings and corridors designs like labyrinths, the mansion has become a popular tourist destination. According to legend, Mrs. Winchester claimed the family was cursed (on account of all them guns and whatnot), and sought to “balance the budget” by collaborating with the spirits to design elements of the house. To appease the spirits, construction continued every. single. day. for 38 years, until her death in 1922.

Scheduled for release early February of 2018, Winchester: The House That Ghosts Built tells the story of a woman haunted by vengeful spirits. Sharing it’s opening with Superbowl weekend and Universal’s upcoming [Cloverfield], the film will have strong competition at the box office. That said, the Feb 2 release is an update from the initial Feb 23 release alongside Pacific Rim 2. Winchester: The House That Ghosts Built also stars Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty), Sara Snook (Predestination) and Angus Sampson (Insidious) with a first draft script from Tom Vaughan (Unstoppable) and rewrites from directors Michael & Peter Spierig (JigsawDaybreakers).

 

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Official Synopsis:

Inspired by true events.  On an isolated stretch of land 50 miles outside of San Francisco sits the most haunted house in the world.  Built by Sarah Winchester, (Academy Award®-winner Helen Mirren) heiress to the Winchester fortune, it is a house that knows no end.  Constructed in an incessant twenty-four hour a day, seven day a week mania for decades, it stands seven stories tall and contains hundreds of rooms.  To the outsider it looks like a monstrous monument to a disturbed woman’s madness. But Sarah is not building for herself, for her niece (Sarah Snook) or for the brilliant Doctor Eric Price (Jason Clarke) whom she has summoned to the house.  She is building a prison, an asylum for hundreds of vengeful ghosts, and the most terrifying among them have a score to settle with the Winchesters…

 

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