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|Regie:||Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 99 Min|
|FSK:||From 16 years|
The board of Winchester is a thorn in the side of the eccentric goings-on of widow Sarah Winchester (Helen Mirren). Finally, the heiress of the weapons empire claims that the villa, which she has had built for decades, is haunted. Psychologist Dr. Eric Price (Jason Clarke) is assigned to spend time on the estate investigating Sarah's state of mind, hoping to take her away from business. At first, of course, the doctor doesn't believe a word the widow tells him. But the more time he spends in the gigantic estate, the more he has to admit to himself that not everything is right here. But are the tormented souls of the deceased really at work here?
After "Jigsaw" the Spierig brothers Michael and Peter change from the bloody horror with "Winchester - The House of the Damned" to the more dignified horror. With the great equipment in probably the most famous house of all fans of the supernatural, the directing duo obviously wanted to pay tribute to the classics of the horror film. Here and there they actually succeed quite well in creating a little goose bump with traditional means. And with Helen Mirren a great leading actress could be won, who is known for delivering good performances even in weaker movies.
Beyond that, the very loose story based on true events is quite a mess. Not only the script, but the whole production seems to be uninspired and bristles with clichés, thin dialogues and boring predictability. In contrast to the really well done "Conjuring"-movies, there is hardly any real tension to be found. Yes, every now and then the whole thing is very atmospheric and the ghost story has one or two good shocking moments to offer. But the rest is just no more than 08/15 goods without any form of surprise effects.
The worst thing about it is that the film is not really bad, but simply average - and thus it is very irrelevant in the mass of similar genre films. Except for the visual realization of the house, there is not one aspect that would justify the purchase of a cinema ticket - and that tells you someone who really has a soft spot for this genre. If you are fed up with old-fashioned off-the-peg horror, you can buy a ticket for "Winchester - The House of the Damned". I strongly advise all other horror and horror film fans not to waste time and money on this weak little film. Only very conditionally worth seeing!
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