Aussie genre specialists Michael and Peter Spierig (Pedestination, Undead, Daybreakers) have started shooting their new film, Winchester, in Melbourne.
Based on the true (ish) story of the Winchester Mystery House, purportedly the most haunted house in North America, the film stars the great Helen Mirren as Sarah Winchester, heiress to the Winchester Rifle fortune, who “…was convinced that she was haunted by the souls killed at the hands of the Winchester repeating rifle. After the sudden deaths of her husband and child, she threw herself into the 24-hours a day, seven days a week construction of an enormous mansion designed to keep the evil spirits at bay. But when skeptical San Francisco psychiatrist Eric Price (Jason Clarke) is dispatched to the estate to evaluate her state of mind, he discovers that her obsession may not be so insane after all.”
In addition to the aforementioned Jason Clarke, the main cast is rounded out by Sarah Snook (The Dressmaker, The Glass Castle) and Angus Sampson (Insidious, TV’s Fargo).
It’s one of the all time great modern ghost stories, and excellent grist for the cinematic mill – the Spierigs should be able to make a good fist of it. After filming wraps in Melbs, the troupe will be trooping off to the actual Winchester Mystery House in California for location shooting and, real talk, if they don’t come back with some actual ghost stories, I think we’ll all be pretty disappointed.
We’re pretty excited about this one. More as it develops.