Haunting of Winchester House

Haunting of Winchester House. The movie is supposed to be based on a true story. But we all know that anything “based on a true story”, especially when it comes to the Supernatural, there are always a ton of elements that are fabricated and only 1% remain true.

This flick is no exception. Directed and written by Mark Atkins, this movie is done in classic 1970’s style story-telling. There are no nude, sex scenes or innuendos. Just straight into the storyline. Sadly, that was the only thing I appreciated about this film.

TaglineA family moves in to look after the Winchester mansion for a few months, and soon find themselves terrorized by vengeful spirits. With the help of a paranormal investigator they’ll unravel the mystery of the house

From the opening scene, you’re taken inside of the Winchester mansion, where a lady is killed by unseen evil (Being thrown out the window – very original… Not!). Once the owner of the mansion is killed, a new family has to come take over the place. You are introduced to a husband, wife, and their teenage daughter (who remain nameless throughout the film).

You get a strange vibe from them, not just in the movie, but also as actors and actresses. They are awkward and uncomfortable through the entire movie, especially when trying to interact with one another. The dialogue and acting was awful and contained no humor whatsoever. Infact, the characters had as much personality as a wet sponge 🙂

Let me point out some doozies:

  • At one point one of the ‘spirits‘ drag the daughter into a closet right in front of her mother while the mother stands there watching and only shows any sign of shock when the daughter is actually in the closet and the door slams.
  • The idiot ‘psychic‘ who shows no knowledge whatsoever about the spirit world!
  • The SFX look like they were done on your home PC using MS Paint or something.
  • Blind Ghost looks for the mother, and although she is right behind him, Blind Ghost cannot see her (For a ghost whose supposed to be blind, he can apparently walk around the rest of the house easily enough without a walking stick or a seeing-eye-ghost dog – figure that one out!) 🙂

Note To Self: Next time I see a ghost I must ask if they really make those predictable sound effects when they enter a room….

Now the rest of this movie:
On the drive to the Winchester mansion, the family almost gets into a car accident. Once they get onto the property, mischief immediately begins. Ghost torment the teenage daughter right away, but don’t make themselves known to the parents. In the night, the ghost of an old lady takes the daughter hostage and won’t let her parents have her back. Ghost torture the parents in plenty of non-terrifying scenes.
A picture on the wall shows the ghosts when they were still alive, before their horrible deaths. One of the ghosts in the picture reveals a huge secret to the parents which leads to the reuniting with their daughter.
As the family leaves, the story takes an extreme turn into possible copyright infringement. I don’t need to tell you other than this: Think of the ending scene in Sixth Sense, where Bruce Willis‘ character finds out he’s dead, and you will know the ending of this lame-fest.
Seriously, the scares in this wouldn’t scare me out of a daydream.
Another movie for the Bargain Basement Bin.
Quick, pass me the darn Neuralizer!

Posted on December 8, 2009, in Movie Reviews and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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