Winchester

Winchester

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An eccentric firearm heiress believes she is haunted by the souls of people killed by the Winchester repeating rifle.
Copyright Date: ©2018
Branch Call Number: WIN
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 99 minutes) : sound, color ; 12 cm
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Dreamstime
Aug 07, 2018

I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this, not so much for the screenplay but for Helen Mirren's performance.

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greatflicks
Jul 31, 2018

I expected more from the movie. Had a feeling we did not get the whole story or that the movie was that accurate. Seemed to us that the true story was embellished which is typical of Hollywood.

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fishwit
Jul 28, 2018

Boring, contrived and nit scary. Even the jump scares don't make you jump. terrible pacing and no likable characters.

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ralwal
Jul 27, 2018

I read the reviews but watched a few minutes out of curiosity. I shouldn’t have bothered.

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mamabadger56
Jul 17, 2018

Not even the presence of Helen Mirren in the lead role could make this film interesting. The ghost story is rambling and lacks suspense. It is not even particularly spooky, apart from a few "jump scares." The best part may be footage of the interior of the actual Winchester house.

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SAMtheDVDdevourer
Jul 16, 2018

First thing I would have to say terrible audio! An average movie on my TV can easily be watched at Audio Level 20 to 30. This movie required 90% of it to be watched and listened at over level 70, and then during excited pieces would have to be turned down to level 10 to not disturb Neighbors. It seemed to have a good storyline but the audio was so disruptive it was impossible to enjoy what otherwise might have been a good movie.

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woodyfanon
Jul 12, 2018

I fell asleep

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raybaker1
Jul 07, 2018

this movie was a disappiontment would have been better as a biograhy seen the real house acouple of times great to see in real life we give it a 1 star to hollywood

VaughanPLAlison Jun 25, 2018

Not bad. They changed quite a bit of Sarah Winchester's motivations for building the house and there were a lot of plot points left hanging, but good atmosphere and some good scares. Worth a watch.

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jimg2000
Jun 20, 2018

A fictional paranormal film to examine the madness of an heiress who believed her well-being depended on the constant work in her San Jose Victorian mansion, a “house of penance”, to “house” vengeful ghosts killed by the Winchester brand of firearms (instrument of death.) Beyond the dramatized fantasy, it managed to include a few special effects and miseries of gunned down confederate soldiers, massacred Native Americans and chained black slaves. A good film for fans of haunted houses.

Notes:
A. In the bonus tracks of the 2018 Nocturama DVD, there is a 23 minutes film "Sarah Winchester, Phantom Opera 2016" by Bertrand Bonello and with Marie-Agnès Gillot as La danseuse. It was a succinct summary of known facts about Sarah, her family, the Winchester fortune and the house, a visual/audio delight as well. Watch the French film in "Videos" but without English subtitles.
(For comparison, shall post the Bonello "Quotes" in English in

https://sccl.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1219024002_nocturama?active_tab=quotation )

B. A bargain ticket outing with ample free parking for a mansion tour especially for people living close to the Winchester Mystery House, ~$40 for adults and $20 for kids:

https://www.winchestermysteryhouse.com/select-your-tour/mansion-tour/

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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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