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by Jenny Hatton Mahon (subscribe)
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Published February 21st 2018
Hauntingly good

What happens when the bell tolls at midnight? You'll need to see Winchester to find out.

Inspired by true events, Winchester tells the story of Sarah Winchester who inherited great wealth after the death of her husband, along with a significant shareholding in the Winchester Repeating Arms Company, a famous rifle maker at the time. This wealth enabled her to build a sprawling home, which is said to be the most haunted house in the world.

Construction of the Winchester House commenced in 1906 in San Jose, California. The house is one that seems to have no end. Its construction takes place twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week over several decades with the plans evolving on a daily basis at the whim of Sarah Winchester. With hundreds of rooms, the house is a maze and a mishmash of design, seemingly without purpose. But Sarah is not building the house for herself. She is building it for the hundreds of ghosts who have been shot and killed by her family's Winchester rifles in an attempt to ward off the malevolent spirits.

Wanting to protect her family and prove her sanity, she summons a doctor of dubious reputation to live at the house and form an opinion on her state of mind. But there is another reason she wants him living in the house, observing her and the other occupants seen and unseen.

This is a captivating movie with unexpected twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the final scene.

Filmed in Melbourne, the setting evokes a sense of disquiet and lends itself perfectly to the story and the times.

Winchester is a worthy entrant to the hall of horror fame. It had me at "He's coming for us."

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