(2018) (Helen Mirren, Jason Clarke) (PG-13)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Horror: A troubled doctor is hired to examine the mental state of the widow of a gun magnate who's continuously adding on to her mansion with odd features such as doors and stairs that go nowhere in hopes of containing what she believes are the spirits of those killed by her husband's weapons.
- It's 1906 and Eric Price (JASON CLARKE) is a doctor with drug abuse problems stemming from the death of his troubled wife, Ruby (LAURA BRENT). Despite his state, he's called upon by the board of directors of the Winchester Repeating Arms Company to examine the mental state of Sarah Winchester (HELEN MIRREN), the long-widowed majority owner of the company. Following her husband's death and the demise of their infant child, she moved to San Jose, California where she constructed an immense mansion that's still under construction twenty-four hours a day. The board doesn't believe Sarah is mentally stable enough to run the company and thus wants Eric to examine her and give his assessment of just that.
When he arrives at the place he first meets Sarah's niece, Marian Marriott (SARAH SNOOK), who's staying there with her pre-teen son, Henry (FINN SCICLUNA-O'PREY) following a family tragedy of their own. Eric notes the non-stop construction as well as odd features such as doors and stairs that go nowhere and he soon learns there's a method to Sarah's apparent madness. It seems she believes that spirits of those killed by her husband's company's weapons have come to the house for closure via recreations of the rooms in which they perished. For those spirits who are freed, their rooms are torn out and new ones are built in their place. For those who can't or don't want to be freed, they're locked in their rooms and held there.
At first, Eric doesn't believe any of that and attests his startling visions of the dead to the hallucinogenic drugs he's been taking to cope with his own loss, and then his withdrawal from that over the days. But with Henry appearing to be possessed at times and with repeated odd occurrences, he comes to believe that what Sarah is saying might be true. And with the appearance of one such vengeful spirit, Ben Block (EAMON FARREN), Eric does what he can to save Sarah, Marian, and her boy.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- If they're into haunted house type horror films they might be interested.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
- For violence, disturbing images, drug content, some sexual material and thematic elements.
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