Winchester

Winchester

DVD - 2018
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Rating: PG-13; for violence, disturbing images, drug content, some sexual material and thematic elements.
Eccentric firearm heiress believes she is haunted by the souls of people killed by the Winchester repeating rifle.

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Bookluvva
Sep 21, 2018

Over the years, had oft wondered about the backstory to this strange house, as to the why of it (that is also why I like to watch 'bonus features' after movies, as they cover so much more ground beyond the storyline in the film itself; as this one also did).
Helen Mirren was stirring as the somber, mysterious, conversley sensitive, yet strong main character.
Great to see this bit of history portrayed in a film, and an eerie, spooky one at that. That there is still such a house and the film is based in facts, makes it all the more haunting and compelling a story. See it if you dare!

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BlueHippo
Sep 18, 2018

The actual premiss of the the movie was quite interesting. However, I doubt this was very accurate historically and I felt that they took what could have been a really great psychological thriller and turned it into a run-of-the-mill ghost story. PRetty much a waste of Helen Mirren’s time and talent.

TSCPL_ENESPANOL Sep 10, 2018

La heredera de armas de fuego excéntrica cree que la atormentan las almas de las personas asesinadas por el rifle de repetición Winchester.

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Keogh
Sep 08, 2018

The haunted house genre is a familiar one for movies, and this one takes on the bizarre Winchester House in the early twentieth century. There are a few spooks along the way, though it is treading familiar territory. It's the performances of Helen Mirren and Jason Clarke that elevate the material.

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Angie206
Sep 04, 2018

Suspenseful and creepy movie with the great Helen Mirren!

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milirick
Aug 28, 2018

okay, I saw it and it did have a few cheap scares in it. It was well made as production values go and for the genre it is okay. Helen Mirren does, as always, a capable job as the lead. Nice period piece to a certain extent although when it comes to "Second Amendment Rights" it takes a pass although one would think the whole premise of the movie would be taking a stand either way. Instead, the movie walks the line by saying yes guns are bad, but hell we need them to kill the bad ghosts.

d2013 Aug 27, 2018

Not as "spooky" as I would have liked but still an OK movie. Interesting in the fact that it was based on true events.

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trevordunfordswife
Aug 26, 2018

I was amazed by how much we enjoyed this film! After reading reviews and comments I expected trash but I was truly, pleasantly surprised by the quality. The acting was of course superb - what else would you expect - and the plot was fairly cohesive. Don't know why people hated it so.

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fvrlfellow
Aug 24, 2018

This was a surprisingly great movie, especially considering I am not scary movie fan. The focus is more on the characters in the movie rather than the supernaturals. It is really a drama with spooky - and some super duper spooky - stuff wrapped around it. It is not your usual scary flick where they try their best to scare you on anything possible.

In the beginning, the element of surprised got me and out of my wits. After a few scenes, you get how the movie attempts to scare you and settle down a bit...but not quite enough so the scary scenes kept being scary...sort of like 10 scary tapering down to 7-8 scary. Enough for me. If I get size 10 scary throughout the movie...don't think I'd enjoy that either.

It's a good storyline, especially when it's based on true events. The acting was good and directing was spot on. Sets were well done and it's just an overall good movie. Watch this one if you're prepared to or liked to be scared a bit here and there....great date movie. Good family movie. Good with guys or for all-girls night in kind of stuff. Or reserve this for Halloween night.

If the scenes and the scary build up gets too intense, remember that behind the camera, are the director, videographer, tech people, etc....I tried that but it didn't quite work on me. The scenes were just too well done.

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desmondghyoung
Aug 17, 2018

Disappointed. Somewhere the director lost focus on the not so successful script. What a waste on Helen Mirren.

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jimg2000
Jun 20, 2018

*Spoiler Alert*, read quotes to refresh key points after watched the film:

Sometimes we all need a little help to see the difference between reality and illusion. And that's about taking control, about not letting fear control you. Because fear in the end only exists in your mind.
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She spent the last 20 years expanding it (an eight room house originally.) What stands now is a gargantuan seven storied structure, with no apparent rhyme or reason, no master plan, each maze of halls more confusing than the next. A house under never-ending construction, built on the orders of a grieving widow whose mind is as chaotic as the house itself.

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jimg2000
Jun 20, 2018

I understand the Winchester is still considered the superior rifle on the market, ma'am.
-Superior? Superior at what?
Accuracy, range, stopping power.
-Killing. Indiscriminate killing. Very superior.
You feel responsible for the misuse of your product? If a weapon works as intended, one can hardly call it a misuse.
-Well, it can be used for good or bad, depending on the person wielding it.
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See, profiting from such a thing as violence and death, that is a wickedness that follows you like a shadow. Yes, we might also call those shadows "guilt."
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You know, I keep records of all the lives a Winchester has taken. Hundreds have been reported. Probably thousands haven't. The guilty, the innocent... The rifle doesn't discriminate. And many of the souls make their way to this house.
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We hold on to mementos to help us heal. But sometimes, they do more harm than good.

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jimg2000
Jun 20, 2018

So 13 is a devilish number to protect you from devils?
-No, no, no. That is a divine number, to protect the cycle of life and death.
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They want me to reconstruct the rooms that they died in, then they can enter our world. And the trouble is, I don't always know who it is I'm speaking with. It could be some innocent bystander or a victim of a crime, or someone else.
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I show them my deep remorse. I want to help them let go of their grief and their anger.
-And how do they react?
Favorably. Yes, mostly. Once they are at peace, then they can move on. We can tear down their room, and then we start again.
-And are there those that don't react so favorably?
Yes. Yes, we lock them away.
-How does one lock a spirit away?
Thirteen nails seals them in. Once they find peace, we can release them, and they can leave this house.

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jimg2000
Jun 20, 2018

She has created a vessel for the deceased to communicate with her. She's certainly created some architectural oddities.
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Do you know who the most terrifying monster is, Doctor?
-No.
The one you invite into your own home.
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The farmer's old mule fell into his well. …The farmer heard... He heard the mule crying. And it broke his heart. He chose to bury the animal in the well and put it out of its... Its hardship. He started shoveling. The mule realized that every time dirt fell on his back, he could shake it off and step up. Shovel after shovel. He could shake it off and he could step up... Shake it off. It wasn't long before the old mule, battered and exhausted, stepped over the wall of that well. What should have buried him... Saved him. And he overcame...
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What are you going to do next?
-Rebuild, of course.

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