San Jose, California, 1906. Isolated in her labyrinthine mansion, eccentric firearm heiress Sarah Winchester believes that she is being haunted by the souls of those killed by the guns manufactured by her company.
Given the cast assembled and the events it's based on, I'm sure you'll forgive me for having at least some expectations for _Winchester_. Whatever those expectations were though, I can tell you right now, they weren't met. _Winchester_ was massively disappointing, as by-the-numbers as you can get, and if it wasn't for a couple of good performances and the occasional decent effect, it would have literally nothing to offer.
_Final rating:★★ - Had some things that appeal to me, but a poor finished product._
Review from the comment
Ugh. Two side notes: One, I get in moods for dumb horror movies sometimes. Cheap scares and lack of originality I can overlook a little if they are presented in a cool package. Two, I have been fascinated with the Winchester mansion since I was a kid. My parents took me and my siblings through there on a run through Northern Cali when I was maybe 10 or so and since then I have always wanted to know more about the infamous spook site.
So with those two things in mind, I thought Winchester could keep me entertained enough to warrant a RedBox rental on a Friday night. But sadly, there is no cool package here. Just a boring, uninspired letdown that makes you wonder why the legend Helen Mirren decided to take part. The ONE thing Winchester has going for it is its premise, based on the real Winchester widow's belief that her home was haunted by all the victims that her family's brand of rifles cut down. I don't know if that really is a credit to the filmmakers, but I'll give it to them anyway.