Movies • Entertainment • Entertainment News. In paranormal pop culture, it is nearly impossible to escape hearing the story of the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, California. Some visitors have sworn to have seen the "wheelbarrow ghost," a kindly apparition in white overalls who apparently works on the house. Over the years, the mystery surrounding the Sarah Winchester’s House has become notoriously famous for strange happenings laced with scary tales, prompting visitors and researchers to make trips to California annually, to the magnificent edifice that has become a historical landmark. More specifically, it’s about how the US government — under the Franklin Delano Roosevelt administration — imprisoned 120,000 people of Japanese descent, 70% of whom were US citizens, by relocating them into WRA camps in 1942. ghosts of all those killed by Winchester rifles. Inspired by true events. "She was Bill Gates-rich from this famous family, so people watched her, talked about her, and speculated," says Janan Boehme, official historian at Winchester Mystery House, now a preserved tourist attraction. "We may never know why she built like she did," says Boehme. It’s peculiar history and eccentric owner have added legend to the mansion, which continues to fascinate many and is set to be portrayed on the big screen early this year. Born in New Haven, Connecticut to upper-class parents around 1840, Sarah Winchester enjoyed the spoils of a luxurious life . "But people do certainly conjecture.". As the lore goes, Sam and Dean’s last name is a nod to the famous Winchester Mystery House located in San Jose, California. The Hallowe’en Flashlight Tour is a self-guided evening tour that allows brave guests to explore the dark halls of the mansion while hearing unnerving stories of the home’s haunted history. The Winchester Mystery House is a mansion in San Jose, California, that was once the personal residence of Sarah Winchester, the widow of firearm magnate William Wirt Winchester.Located at 525 South Winchester Blvd. Visitors still insist it's haunted. Sarah was greatly affected by the death of her only daughter, Annie Winchester, who died at one month old. By 1906, it was seven stories high with an estimated 90 rooms. In 1922, she died of heart failure in her bedroom at Winchester House at age 82. The terrified Winchester tore down the top three damaged floors and spent more time on her nearby houseboat, but continued building out. After an hour, the purring sounds stopped, and the mouse could only hear the sound of a rooster crowing.”I can go … On an isolated stretch of land 50 miles outside of San Francisco sits the most haunted house in the world. in San Jose, the Queen Anne Style Victorian mansion is renowned for its size, its architectural curiosities, and its lack of any master building plan. It isn’t uncommon for a horror film to advertise it was inspired by true events, but in the case of “Winchester,” it very much was. Winchester (also known as Winchester: The House That Ghosts Built) is a 2018 supernatural horror film directed by Michael and Peter Spierig, and written by the Spierigs and Tom Vaughan.The film stars Helen Mirren as heiress Sarah Winchester, with Jason Clarke and Sarah Snook, and follows Winchester as she is haunted by spirits inside her San Jose mansion in 1906. But the ghost stories continue today. "Winchester" is set in the 160-room Winchester Mystery House in California. Although Winchester may look like your typical haunted house movie on the surface, the fact that the film takes place in a real mansion that is said to be haunted and tells a widely-circulated story about the home's alleged paranormal origins makes Winchester far scarier than the average ghost story movie. It is alleged that she came to this room every night to communicate with spirits, who would then instruct her on how to proceed with the construction the following day, according to the Winchester Mystery House's website. The stunning yet strange Winchester Mansion is often cited as being America’s most haunted house. Using the spell given to them by Michael, the Winchesters and Castiel were able to lock God away. This really is a perplexing house," says Boehme. However, Winchester falls flat as a boring horror film that lacks in just about every facet of filmmaking. The thing that makes Winchester so scary is that it's based on a true story. The socialite heiress made a splash when she moved to San Jose from Connecticut in 1884 following the death of her husband, William (and their baby 15 years prior). The film is based on the real life story of Sarah Winchester, the widow of William Winchester of the Winchester Repeating Arms Company and heiress to his vast fortune. Hallowe’en Is Not Cancelled at the Winchester Mystery House, but it does look a little different this year! Though unconfirmed, there have long been legends that suggest the reason for the house's unorthodox layout and constantly changing construction was to placate the numerous ghosts who dwelled within its walls. The most popular theory behind the home's origin claims that a Boston medium told Winchester that she should build a mansion on the west coast to house the ghosts of all those killed by Winchester rifles, and that if construction on the home were ever to cease, the spirits would see to her demise, according to the Los Angeles Times. An alternative theory: Winchester was occupying her mind as a way of dealing with her personal grief. The movie features a fictional character, a psychiatrist named Eric Price (Jason Clarke), who is sent to the house to determine if Sarah Winchester is crazy for believing her house to be haunted. The Winchester Mystery House. Stairways go straight into a ceiling, a doorway opens to a two-story drop, there's a design preoccupation with the number 13 (closets with 13 hanger pegs, halls with 13 ceiling panels). "But there's nothing definitive. For a supposedly haunted house, the Winchester Mystery House is normally alive with decidedly corporeal activity. Dean Winchester that was scary Halloween shirt A mouse, hiding in the hole in the wall, was scared of venturing out where a huge tomcat was poised to catch it. ... Winchester Movie Scary True Story And Curse Behind It. Harry Houdini himself visited after Winchester's death to debunk spiritualists. Dean Winchester was a hunter turned vampire in a future envisioned by God if the Winchesters succeeded in locking him away. What he finds instead is that ghosts are very real, and they are very much in control of the giant spooky house. Winchester Mystery House has thrown out the welcome mat for paranormal investigator Zak Bagans of Travel Channel’s “Ghost Adventures,” noted psychic Sylvia Browne, TK, and famed medium James van Praagh who channeled Sarah at a séance dinner. 2018's gearing up to be a year of probable blockbusters on the silver screen. But it's the story behind the home's never-ending construction and oddities where things start to get creepy. Winchester designed the home with no blueprints and no formal design experience. The story of Sarah Winchester and the haunted house she owned for so many years felt like a fascinating premise, especially knowing the similarity it could have had to The Conjuring films. The mammoth mansion is estimated to contain 160 rooms — estimated because not all rooms are accessible — and contains many curiosities like hallways and staircases that lead to nowhere, windows that offer views into other rooms, and a door that opens to a two-story drop. There's nothing to confirm that — or deny it, either.". Winchester was a highly discussed celebrity even before she began drastically overhauling the home that became known as the Winchester Mystery House. Prior to the building of the Winchester Mystery House — and perhaps to the dismay of horror buffs — Sarah Winchester was an ordinary, albeit wealthy, woman. But how scary is Winchester? But there's no indication of that in Winchester's letters or those of her confidantes, Boehme says. Helen Mirren plays the widowed Sarah Winchester, thought to be insane as she orders constant expansion and renovation of her bizarre Victorian mansion. Earlier this month I was in California and had the most amazing chance to indulge in one of my childhood wishes: to visit the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, California. A Silicon Valley legend is getting a big-screen showcase—and the truth might be even stranger than fiction. The Winchester Mystery House is a mansion in California which was once the personal residence of Sarah Winchester. Possible explanations vary from an attempt to confuse haunting spirits to design miscues resulting from constant construction. By 1906, it was seven stories high with an estimated 90 rooms. There was no plan – no official blueprints were drawn up, no architectural vision was created, and yet a once-unfinished house took shape on a sprawling lot in the heart of San Jose, California. There was a real Sarah Winchester. The great earthquake rocked it. Unsettling Facts About The Sarah Winchester House 1. Her Winchester House is a marvel in opulent oddness. 2021 Bustle Digital Group. And while many scary movies like to claim that they were inspired by actual events, Winchester has a stronger claim than most of them, given that you can visit the actual supposed haunted house where the movie takes place. The home is also known to contain a séance room, and while she was alive, Winchester held the only key to this room's single entrance; though it had three exits. The Winchester Mystery House, as it is often labeled, is today a popular tourist destination in San Jose, California. While Winchester herself never mentioned hauntings and friends denied them, speculation was rampant. Winchester Mystery House embracing its scary side this fall San Jose landmark going full horror with “Unhinged,” a new immersive experience running for two months More: Horror films will be boosted by the 'It' effect in 2018, Also: 10 must-see films of 2018, from the new 'Fantastic Beasts' to 'Mary Poppins', "There are many things about the movie that are absolutely real," says Peter Spierig, who directed Winchester with his brother, Michael. The movie riffs on the oft-repeated legend that Winchester had been instructed by a spiritual medium to keep building to ward off the spirits haunting the house. Naturally, it has inspired a chilling horror movie, Winchester, which opens in theaters today. Construction on the home began in 1884 and it wasn't finished until Sarah Winchester passed away in 1922, with work on the house continuing 'round the clock with virtually no stops over that 38 year span. Furthermore, many people who have toured the home over the years have reported strange sightings, and it's a popular destination for ghost hunting, and has been featured in an episode of Ghost Adventures. I expect it isn’t a surprise to anyone who knows me (or who has read my fiction) that I adore scary stuff–scary books, films, haunted places. "Winchester" does have its share of horror clichés, including the normal spooky music and camera tricks, but overall it is one of the better recent examples of the … From epic Marvel films to Lady Gaga bringing her best, it looks like there will be a lot of worthwhile projects to see. Every few minutes, another tour departs. And 2018 is off to a spooky start as well, with Insidious: The Last Key (associate producer Laura Altmann) already a box office success and Winchester (art director Janie Parker) arriving soon. Setsuko Sato Winchester: My project is about the concept of “freedom from fear”: What it has meant in America in the past and what it could mean today. The True Story Of The Winchester Mystery House Though the 'Winchester' movie might be pretty scary, the true story is quite weird itself. The home's bizarre features include a door to nowhere. Last year was one of the most successful ever for horror films, with four scary movies — It (producer Barbara Muschietti), Get Out (casting director Terri Taylor), Split (production designer Mara LePere-Schloop), and Annabelle: Creation (costume designer Leah Butler) — all earning over $250 million at the worldwide box office. The home started with eight rooms. "They had to free her with a crowbar," Boehme says. As for the film, its story takes the most paranormal claims about the Winchester House and blows them up to the extreme. The home started with eight rooms. "But were ghosts haunting Sarah Winchester as people said at the time? A reclusive heir to the Winchester rifle fortune, who is haunted by the angry spirits of those killed by her family's famed firearms is at the center of the ghost story Winchester (in theaters Friday). Several years later, Sarah's husband passed away due to tuberculosis, and it was not long after that when she began construction on the Winchester House that would come to define her life. However, not many know the scary story behind the Winchester name. The infamous 1906 San Francisco earthquake, rather than the film's rampaging spirits, did severely damage Winchester's home, trapping her in a room. Directors Michael and Peter Spierig, better known as The Spierig Brothers, based their supernatural horror film Winchester (2018) on the real-life occurrences of Sarah Winchester and the house she never stopped building. Horror films will be boosted by the 'It' effect in 2018, 10 must-see films of 2018, from the new 'Fantastic Beasts' to 'Mary Poppins', Your California Privacy Rights/Privacy Policy. The Winchester Mystery House includes fascinating features. "Even if none of the ghost stories are true, Sarah Winchester was a truly fascinating person. The thing that makes Winchester so scary is that it's based on a true story. All rights reserved. These design oddities may have been mistakes or a simple change of mind. However, it is unclear to this day if these choices were deliberate or accidental. She was born in 1839, & her original name was Sarah Pardee until she got married in 1862, to William Winchester, who was the heir of the Winchester Repeating Arms Company. Her Winchester House is a marvel in opulent oddness. After the sudden death of her family, firearms heiress Sarah Winchester becomes convinced that she's haunted by the souls of those killed by guns. "There is a good energy here," says Boehme. Winchester: The True Ghost Story Behind Helen Mirren’s Haunted House Thriller. The film, which stars Helen Mirren as an old widow building a house, doesn't look like your typical horror film, but its origins are far creepier than you might imagine. ", Helen Mirren stars in supernatural thriller 'Winchester'.