Like most of us horror nerds probably did as pre-teens, I devoured all books I could find on serial killers, ghosts, demons and unsolved mysteries. During these sessions, I would often come across stories of California’s “Winchester Mystery House” (so-named by Harry Houdini).
Sarah Winchester, the wife of William Winchester – owner of Winchester Firearms, relocated from New Haven, CT to San Jose, CA following the death of her husband and purchased a small 8-room farmhouse on a large parcel of land and immediately hired workers to begin adding on to the house. With no master plans, Sarah had numerous workers who supposedly worked 365 days a year for 38 straight years to transform the 8-room farmhouse into a 7-story mansion consisting of 161 rooms including 40 bedrooms, two basements and three elevators.
The fun (and mysterious) part of the story is that what she had them create, makes no sense. Since used no architect and had no master plans, the home contains numerous oddities such as doors that open to blank walls and stairs that go nowhere and end abruptly. We’re not even positive that the whole house has been seen and mapped; a new room was discovered as recently as 2016.
Legend has it that she built this monstrosity to house the ghosts of those killed by her husbands firearms…
Directors Michael and Peter Spierig (Daybreakers) tackle this legend in their new film Winchester: The House That Ghosts Built starring Academy Award winner Helen Mirren as Sarah Winchester. According to Deadline, “the pic centers what appears to be only a monstrous monument to a disturbed woman’s madness. But Sarah Winchester is not building it for herself […] she is building a prison, an asylum for hundreds of vengeful ghosts, and the most terrifying among them have a score to settle with the family.”
Winchester: The House That Ghosts Built is slated for a February 2nd, 2018 release. Keep it locked to Horror News Network for more news on Winchester and enjoy the new trailer below.
Stay gory my friends.