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. 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: The House That Ghosts Built (art director Janie Parker) arriving soon. But how scary is Winchester? 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.
The thing that makes Winchester so scary is that it’s based on a true story. 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 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. Sarah was greatly affected by the death of her only daughter, Annie Winchester, who died at one-month-old. 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.
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