Movie Review: ‘Winchester’

February 19, 2018 at 4:29 pm | Posted in Movies, Reviews | 1 Comment

Sometimes you just have to wonder why spook movies are release any time of the year other than October. Well it’s February, Winchester hit theaters, and I finally was able to see it. It’s not the best spook movie ever, and it’s not one you have to rush out to the theater to see, but it’s a decent spook movie regardless.

Once titled Winchester: The House That Spirits Built, the title was shortened to just Winchester at some point. There’s a pretty neat premise to the movie that doesn’t really spoil anything. The heiress to the Winchester repeating rifle company fortune becomes obsessed with spirits and spends her money on having rooms constantly built and deconstructed in her mansion. That’s in large part true to real life. However, taking it a step further, she believes she is in touch with the spirits who are victims of Winchester rifles. Through them, she designs the rooms where they died and has them built as additions to her mansion. These rooms are then able to channel the spirits, and she tries to console them so that they may find peace. Each success means the room can be dismembered and rebuilt into a new room. However, any spirit who cannot be comforted and refuses to find peace is locked away in the room with 13 nails until it can find its peace. It’s a good basis to build a story upon. Especially considering the mansion is real (though they didn’t film there for the movie), and that Winchester heiress really was obsessed with ghosts and built the mansion for them.

There’s a relatively small cast for this film, and almost all of it takes place indoors in the mansion. There’s some cheap jump scares what will still make you jump in your seat. There’s ghosts that are creepy looking but nothing groundbreaking. The acting is good, but, like the special effects, nothing groundbreaking. All in all, that’s basically how the movie breaks down. It’s good, but not great. Worth seeing once, but probably not something you’re going to be anxious to see again. That in part is kind of the problem. In a world where there are so many spook movies, adding one that doesn’t stand out sort of slips into a niche where people will wait to see it on Netflix. It’s hard to justify paying a full price movie ticket to see this one in the theater. However, if you have Movie Pass or don’t mind catching a matinee and you really enjoy spook movies, you may find this one worth your time.

I give Winchester a three out of five metal bikinis.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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  1. It has a good amount of jumpscares, it creates a horror atmosphere that makes you wonder how would you feel if you were there and it does not reveal the exact end. The film has a great acting from Jason Clarke and Helen Mirel

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