Jeffersonians know haunted houses and good ghost stories, and so, the new film opening this weekend, “Winchester,” will be right up their alley.
More of a ghost story than a horror movie inspired by events in real life, the film tells the story of the grief-stricken Sarah Winchester, widow of William Wirt Winchester. After the misfortune of losing her infant daughter to illness and her husband to tuberculosis, she inherited her husband’s fortune and committed to building a house that would protect her and her family from the ghosts of those killed by the Winchester Repeating Rifle.
The Winchester mansion was once featured as one of “American’s Castles” on the A&E network, and is often described as extraordinary and a true work of art. One can visit the architectural marvel in San Jose, CA although only half of it survived after the 1906 and 1989 earthquakes.
Academy Award winning actress Helen Mirron says there is a lot of mythology around Sarah Winchester and that playing a real life character full of mystery is “catnip” for an actor. Winchester was always seen wearing black and there are very few photographs of her. Some even say she born without a birth certificate. All contribute to the folklore about her, but even so, she was known as a kind and gentle spirit who took good care of her children and the Winchester employees after her husband’s death.
“Winchester” (99 minutes) is showing at the Marshall Cinema with a PG-13 rating for drama, mystery and suspense, science fiction and fantasy. Call (903) 935-5662 or visit www.Jimplecute1848.com for a full list of show times. Then, plan to see it in a theater this weekend because residents of the “most haunted town in Texas” will be the best ghost writers for this week’s movie review.
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