With the recent release Jigsaw and their underrated time travel flick Predestination as part of their resume, the Spierig Brothers (Peter and Michael) continue to creatively expand with the gothic thriller Winchester. The narrative is inspired by the life of widow Sarah Winchester (Helen Mirren), heiress to the Winchester Repeating Arms Fortune who spent decades building her home up until her 1922 death. Whether Winchester kept on upgrading her mansion to ward of spirits or ensure the longevity of her life one can never know, but it’s part of what makes the mystery of the of Winchester so enticing. Jason Clarke co-stars in the feature as the psychologist who is sent to the home to assess Winchester’s sanity.
Though the Winchester Mystery House is now a tourist attraction in San Jose, California, that doesn’t mean the haunted nature of the environment is a thing of the past. Click on the media bar below to hear Mirren talk about the mythology behind Sarah Winchester.
Winchester opens nationwide February 2.