“Please allow Helen Mirren to scare the bejesus out of you in ‘Winchester’” links

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  1. Div says:

    I’ve been on a tour of the Winchester house and I had no idea they were making a film. This looks good, plus Mirren makes almost any film worth seeing in a theater.

    • adastraperaspera says:

      It’s such a strange house! I’ve never forgotten that tour. A psychic told her that her husband and daughter died as retribution from souls killed by Winchester rifles.

  2. graymatters says:

    I’ve always wanted to tour that house. Now I’ll have to fight off all the movie fans as well. Oh, well. At least I can watch the movie. It looks like it will be a good one.

  3. Serene Wolf says:

    Scary af!

    Omg, Kris Jenner looks like Karl Lagerfield. 😎👴

    • Ankhel says:

      Kris Jenner is one of those people who would look LESS scary in Halloween costume.

      Unless it’s “sexy” something, of course.

  4. Ally says:

    Wow, the Wikipedia entry on the Winchester House is fascinating (and possibly spoiler-y). Apparently they actually filmed at the house.

  5. KiddVicious says:

    I love the Winchester Mystery House. I once talked to an old guy who knew her. He was a teenager at the time, she was old, and the first thing he said was she was a tiny, scary woman. He said at the time the house wasn’t known for being haunted, that she was just known as being eccentric and loving architecture (and being a good business woman). She’d get an idea and have her builders build it. It didn’t become “haunted” until much later after her death, the old guy assumed it was for marketing purposes.

    It is a spooky house and if someone told me they saw a ghost I would probably believe them.

    • lucy2 says:

      I toured it too, and really got that impression of her. Too much money, too much time on her hands, and too many projects. All the tales of it being haunted and being made to be confusing for spirits…nah. She just like having something to do, i think, and could afford to keep building.
      It’s a really cool place and worth the visit.

  6. CharlieBouquet says:

    Winchester and the hotel that spawned the Shining are my bucket list visits. I bet this is really well done.

    • Felicia says:

      Not sure if the hotel that spawned the Shining is the same as where it was filmed, which was the Banff Springs Hotel. Nothing creepy about that place, I’ve stayed there several times over the years. The maze in the garden in the film hasn’t existed for years, they took it out when they put in the golf course.

      • third ginger says:

        The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado inspired the novel. Kubrick changed the location for the film. In the novel there are topiary animals, far scarier than a maze.

  7. third ginger says:

    I teach a seminar on legends and ghost stories. This story is part of our class.

    • GingerCrunch says:

      Oooooh! Can you recommend some good anthologies? I’d love to read some great, chilling stories or true accounts! 😬👻

      • HappyXamp says:

        I seconded recomendations! However I’d love a history on the house if that’s available. I only know what’s on Wikipedia and running around the internet.

      • third ginger says:

        Thanks for asking. Here are some: TRUE IRISH GHOST STORIES, DOVER OR NORTON ANTHOLOGIES OF VICTORIAN AND EDWARDIAN GHOST STORIES, GHOST STORIES OF M.R. JAMES. Off the top of my head, I don’t know a good history of the Winchester House. I would certainly love to read that script. Most of the stories we do in class are folk ghost stories. They are in collections such as GHOSTLY HITCHHIKERS, books of urban legends, or classic collections such as Yeats’ IRISH FAIRY TALES AND LEGENDS or GHOSTS OF JAPAN by Lafacado Hearn.

    • GingerCrunch says:

      Oh my goodness! Thanks so much Third Ginger! Just went to Ireland and adore Victorian/Edwardian time period!!! Jackpot!

      • Cleo says:

        The Winchester House appears in the excellent book “Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places” by Colin Dickey. I teach a Gothic lit course in a Bay Area high school and we went there last night on a field trip. The kids loved it!

    • Camil says:

      Oh, that seminar sounds so good. I love ghost stories.

  8. QueenElisabeth says:

    I’m pretty sure I would see anything Helen was in

  9. Betsy says:

    An anti-gun tale! Kind of…

  10. Ankhel says:

    I guffawed at that trailer when Helen Mirren unveiled her face dramatically for the third time.

  11. DiegoInSF says:

    Omg I literally was at the Mansion yesterday and they had the actual costumes from the movie.

  12. CharlieBouquet says:

    I have jelly belly that you guys have been! Did it feel odd or anything? I think it would drive me mad to know my families fortune was blood money. Like the man who developed the atomic bomb. There was no taking it back once unleashed.
    I love anything ghostly, vintage and custom wood working lol. Live in a 1902 house, married to a wood geek. Our place is like an oddity shop, Pyrex and wood everywhere lol.
    I want to go to your class! Sounds awesome:)

    • lucy2 says:

      I went last summer, and did not think it felt creepy, haunted, or anything like that – of course that was in the day with a tour group, I probably wouldn’t volunteer to walk around it by myself at night, but still, I think the legends about it have reached far beyond the truth. I’ve been in other places that have seriously creeped me out, but that wasn’t one of them.

  13. Reindeer says:

    Not enough flannel for a Winchester thing.